Art by Colin Laurel in collaboration with Forward Together in June 2019.
About the Artist:
Colin Laurel (he/him) is a black trans illustrator with interests in music, identity, nature, and mythology. Using art as therapy, he hopes that his work will inspire queer and marginalized communities to explore creative forms of self-love.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, I sought to honor a few of the trans women of color who were at the forefront of the rebellion. With Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, I find strength in knowing that I have ancestors who paved the way for who I am; with Miss Major, I find comfort in how she’s still here, still actively fighting for queer and marginalized communities. Reclaiming Pride means recognizing the strides we’ve made while acknowledging how far we have to go.