Wishing everyone a Happy Pride Month!
Thinking about the courage it takes to come out and to live as your authentic self inspired me to create this new illustration. I wanted to capture the bravery of all the wonderful queer folks in the world who do the hardest and scariest thing of being themselves - risking rejection and even death in some countries. They are the unsung heroes who should be celebrated*~!
I was struck by the scene from FX's life-affirming, achingly beautiful show, "Pose", which captures it all: "I'm no one. I want what I'm supposed to want, I wear what I'm supposed to wear and I work where I'm supposed to work. I stand for nothing... I can buy things I can't afford which means they're never really mine. I don't live. I don't believe. I accumulate. I'm a brand, a middle-class white guy. But you're who you are even though the price you pay for it is being disinvited from the rest of the world. I'm the one playing dress-up."