Rear View, 24x36 inches oil on canvas panel by Kenney Mencher $1,500.00


Rear View, 24x36 inches oil on canvas panel by Kenney Mencher $1,500.00


Queer|Art's $10K Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists is Back!
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To commemorate Transgender Day of Visibility, Queer|Art is pleased to announce the judges for the third annual Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists: interdisciplinary artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase; writer, curator, and activist Kimberly Drew, and model, performer, and fashion illustrator Connie Fleming.

Developed and named in partnership with Mariette Pathy Allen, Aaryn Lang, and Serena Jara, this annual $10,000 grant, awarded to draw attention to an existing body of work, sheds light on the under-recognized contributions of Black trans women visual artists and provides critical support to their continuing work. The first of its kind, the Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists aims to correct the exclusion of Black trans women from the larger art canon and uplift profound lineages of Black trans women artistic practices, mapping avenues for future generations of Black trans women artists.

Queer|Art is pleased to announce that the grant will also provide a $1,250 award to four finalists, in addition to the $10,000 awarded to a winner each year. The winning artist will receive professional development resources, including a studio visit with each participating judge, to bolster their creative development in the field. 

Applications are open March 31 - June 30, 2022, and the grant will be awarded in September 2022. Learn more and apply now here!
The Illuminations Grant not only highlights the lacking representation of Black trans women in the visual arts, but also seeks to confront the systemic barriers that deny them artistic opportunities and a sustainable craft. By supporting this grant, Mariette Pathy Allen challenges herself and the art industry to see Black trans women as more than mere subjects, while forging a new pathway for visual artists within this community to thrive.”
Aaryn Lang, Illuminations Grant Co-Creator
Jonathan Lyndon Chase is an interdisciplinary artist who works in painting,  video, sound and sculpture to depict queer black love and community amidst the back drop of urban and domestic spaces. Chase’s figures hang in various forms of articulation intertwined with domestic markers of a kitchen or a bedroom, they are then tethered by pop and street signage to blend emotional and physical, internal and external  states of being. Rendered through layers of bright, visceral paint, make- up, foam and  glitter these compositions challenge and subvert canonical misrepresentation and exclusion of the black body. Recent exhibitions include WHAT DO YOU SEE, YOU PEOPLE, GAZING AT ME at  Sadie Coles HQ, London. Chase’s work has been previously featured in Art Basel,  Switzerland; Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; Philadelphia Museum of  Art, Pond Society (solo), Shanghai; Company Gallery, New York; LSU Museum of Art  (solo), Baton Rouge; the Rubell Foundation, Miami; Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke;  California African American Museum, Los Angeles; Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia; The Bunker, Collection of Beth Rudin De-Woody, Palm Beach and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art, Philadelphia. Their work is included in numerous private  and public collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, ICA Miami, High Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bronx Muse um, Rubell Family Collection, Buxton Contemporary Art Museum, The Wedge Collection, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and Woodmere Museum of Art. Chase was  born in 1989 in Philadelphia, PA where they currently live and work.
Kimberly Drew is a writer, curator, and activist. Drew received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies. She first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director’s Office of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social media. Drew's writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Glamour, Playboy, and Teen Vogue and she has executed Instagram takeovers for Prada, The White House, and Instagram. Drew served as the Social Media Manager at The Met. She is the co-editor of Black Futures which she published in 2020 with Jenna Wortham. Drew recently joined Pace Gallery as Associate Director. You can follow her at @museummammy on Instagram and Twitter.
Connie (Girl) Fleming is a performer, model, stylist, fashion illustrator, and undeniable New York City legend. As a renowned stage performer, she has graced iconic nightlife venues like the Palladium, the Tunnel, and the Pyramid; performed in various videos for George Michael, Chic, and Jody Watley; and appeared in the opening montages for Saturday Night Live and MTV News. Connie’s status as a fashion icon and cultural muse has led her to model for Thierry Mugler, Vivienne Westwood, and Andre Walker across New York and Paris. A charter member of the House of Field and a Mistress of Ceremonies at Jackie 60, Connie began her reign as one of New York’s most sought-after gate-keepers when she worked the door at Eric Conrad’s Poop at the Supper Club. Her inimitable fashion drawings have been used to illustrate costumes for Beyoncé, Anastasia, Swarovski, and “The Devil Wears Prada,” among others. Today, Connie splits her time between various artistic endeavors, and works as a runway coach, producer, and casting director for several fashion brands in New York and abroad.
The Illuminations Grant is made possible entirely through support provided by visual artist Mariette Pathy Allen, whose body of photographic work over the last forty years has been squarely focused on expanding cultural consciousness around gender and transformation. The development of this grant was stewarded by consultant and writer Aaryn Lang, working in collaboration with Mariette Pathy Allen, Serena Jara, and Queer|Art. 
The Illuminations Grant is awarded to draw attention to an existing body of work. Qualified artists must be self-identified Black trans women and trans femmes who are early-career working in visual art and based in the United States. Applications are open March 31, 2022-June 30, 2022 and the grant will be awarded in September 2022.

The Illuminations Grant defines visual art broadly to include art forms including, but not limited to: ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and fiber arts. While this grant is particularly interested in supporting artists working within 2D and 3D art forms, time-based mediums, such as video/film may also be considered.

For questions, head to our FAQ, or email Queer|Art Awards Manager, Dani Brito at
Images: 1) NYC Gay Pride, by Mariette Pathy Allen. 2) Jonathan Lyndon Chase photographed by Rai Martinez. 3) Kimberly Drew photographed by Travis Matthews. 4) Connie Fleming photographed by Cruz Valdez. 5) Mariette Pathy Allen, image courtesy of the artist. 6) Aaryn Lang, image courtesy of the artist. 6) Serena Jara, image by Aaryn Lang. 7) Guest at Drag Ball in Harlem, by Mariette Pathy Allen.
Although I was already aware of the violence that trans women face on a daily basis, it was only when Serena introduced me to Aaryn that I realized I could do something about the limited options for visual artists whose talents may never have been nurtured or valued. This grant is the first to be offered specifically for Black transgender women and femmes in support of their path within visual arts. Although focused very precisely, I believe that it will have an important impact on the artists themselves, and their influence on the art world."
Mariette Pathy Allen, Illuminations Grant Co-Creator
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Los Angeles LGBT Center - Vanguard Now

Joyful Gospel Brunch: “It Really Was a Family Reunion”

After two years of long stretches of COVID-19 separations, Los Angeles LGBT Center seniors reunited for a gospel brunch that left many feeling inspired.

“I have not been around more than nine people in about two years so to me this is like homecoming,” said Clarence R. Williams, one of the event’s organizers. “This is a great, celebratory day for all of us.”

The event had originally been scheduled during Black History Month but was delayed due to the spike in COVID-19 cases during the holidays.
But Williams pointed Out: “Black History Month is every day because it is American history.”

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Hello! There’s loads of boss queer stuff going on in our gorg city. Here’s some bits we thought you might be interested in.

Open Call for Performers

We are looking for creative talent with lived experience of LGBTQIA relationships who currently live in the North West for a rehearsed reading of the Homotopia Writer’s Award winning play ‘A Billion Times I Love You’ by Patrick MaGuire, presented by Homotopia.

Deadline: 13th April, 5pm
Performers: We are casting for two performers to play a queer couple.
Criteria: We welcome applications from performers of all genders who have a playing range within the ages of 18 – 35, and who have lived experience of LGBTQIA relationships.
Dates: Rehearsal dates 5th-6th May, with a performance evening on the 6th May at the Playhouse Studio, Liverpool.
Fees: £200 for two days

Part of the Everyman Playhouse Open Submissions

Apply Now

Lush Drag Brunch

Our friends over at Lush Liverpool are hosting another Drag Brunch, with performances from the oh so fabulous Filla Crack and Pretentious Dross.

There’s gonna be Lush product making, fun and games. With tea party food, alcohol and alcohol free options available.

We went to the last one and absolutely loved it so be sure to get down and have a wonderful time.

Book Now


Our friends over at A Lovely Word are hosting a free workshop focusing on writing and performing with the amazing Joelle Taylor.

Sign up early to avoid disappointment. Email with “Joelle Taylor 27th April” quoted in the email title.

Date: Wednesday 27th April
Time: 5.30pm-7pm
Location: Everyman Bistro

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet and author who prior to the pandemic completed a world tour with her collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me. For more info on Joelle please visit her website >>

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