“TransFuturism” debuts at Black Love Convergence Festival

"We Levitate" By Wriply M. Bennet. Photo Courtesy: The Justice Fleet

On June 12, The Justice Fleet, in partnership with Acorn Center for Restoration and Freedom and the St. Louis University Institute for Healing Justice and Equity, will introduce “TransFuturism: Gender Euphoria as Peak Blackness” at the Black Love Convergence Festival.

The Black Love Convergence Festival is a week-long celebration of Black healing, pleasure and joy through various in-person and virtual events that highlight the intersections of Blackness, Transness and Futurity. 

“TransFuturism” combines photography, oral history and Afrofuturistic art by “artivist” Wriply M. Bennet. The activism project highlights Black transgender and nonbinary people living in their own power and truth. 

Following the virtual opening of “TransFuturism,” Wriply M. Bennet will hold an artist talk with Dr. Amber Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication and Social Justice at Saint Louis University (SLU).

“People say, ‘Black Lives Matter’ but not ‘Black Trans Lives Matter,’” said Johnson. “We can’t celebrate all of who we are as Black people unless we celebrate the nuance that comes with being Black. The goals of this exhibit are to humanize transgender and gender-nonconforming populations and inspire healing in communities that are transphobic and exclusive.” 

Other event highlights include a gallery walk and a Q&A with keynote speaker, Hope Giselle, a national transgender activist, author, and motivational speaker. There will also be an auction with a chance to win the entire “TransFuturism” collection. The auction will close on the final day of the festival on Sunday, June 20.

Keynote speaker, Hope Giselle

Funds will be raised for three Black and Trans-led organizations that dedicate their work to Trans liberation, Acorn Center for Restoration and Freedom, Black Trans Prayer Book, and The Trans Justice Funding Project.

For more information on TransFuturism and Black Love Convergence Festival 2021, visit https://www.acorncenter4freedom.com/blc

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