When I began planning this wall, most Pride events had been canceled and I had thought we would spend most of June still isolated in our apartments. This mural became my way of celebrating the queer community and our long history of using the street for performance and protest. The mural features photos taken at historic moments I've had the honored of capturing: NYC Drag March, kiss-ins, Gays Against Guns, Queer Liberation March, The Dyke March.
On June 1st, as I put up this wall, an explosion of activist energy was unleashed with the Black Lives Matter protests that roared through the streets. For me, one of the most powerful moments I experienced this month was at the Black Trans Lives Matter rally outside the Brooklyn Museum. Everyone in white. The silence. Then the melodic claps. That was some serious queer magic.
So I’m very thankful I got to fill this space with so many queer icons, mentors, activists, and friends who stood watch this month as thousands of protesters reclaimed the streets around them. Never forget the power of being out in the streets.