By Adrian Martinez
Basic Right’s Oregon presents the 2nd Annual “Front and Center”, a signature collaborative event between our Racial Justice and Alliance Building and Transgender Justice Programs.
Queer and trans people of color are and have always been the pioneers of queer liberation. From Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, to Miss Major, trans people- specifically trans women of color have long fought for queer youth, sex worker rights, police accountability, and justice for low income and incarcerated LGBTQ people.
Transgender people of color often times live at the margins of multiple communities, experiencing higher rates of poverty, HIV, and discrimination than their White or cisgender (non-transgender) peers. This night is about bringing the most vulnerable in our community ‘front and center,’ where they belong. That is why we host Front and Center.
The mission of Front and Center is to uplift the powerful work of transgender people of color artists, demonstrating the resilience of our communities and highlighting the issues we face. Art is a powerful avenue for telling our stories, for empowering one another, and for moving communities to action. As we continue our work toward social justice, we hope to provide a platform for honest expression of our struggles, for us to share our visions for the future, and for us to celebrate each other’s passion and creativity.
To purchase tickets for Front and Center, taking place on Thursday, July 31st at Artists Repertory Theatre – please click here. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7:00. $15-20 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. ADA Accessible, Gender Neutral Bathrooms