Photos, wood, silkscreen, and shellac 6 1/4 x 3 1/4 ft 2009
Transgender Walkway is a memorial to my murdered transgender ancestors. This piece depicts the entire list of 249 (reported) victims of transphobia in the United States from the late 1970’s to 2008. I ask my viewers to walk upon my work as a reminder of the respect given to my transgender ancestors in life and in death, and to acknowledge that in a way we are all implicated in perpetuating inequity where it still persists.
Reported deaths in the US since the creation of this piece:
Taysia Elzy, Michael Hunt, Caprice Curry, Jimmy McCollough, Foxy Ivy, Kelly (Frederick) Watson, Terri Benally, Cesar Torres, Beyonce (Eric) Lee, Tylia Mack, Paulina Ibarra, Dee Green, Mariah Malina Qualls, Myra Chanel Lcal, Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, Toni Alston, Chanel (Dana A. Larkin), Sandy Woulard, Roy Antonio Jones lll, Gypsy, Victoria Carmen White, Stacey Lee aka Stacey Blahnik, Krissy Bates, Tyra Trent, Marcal Camero Tye, Miss Nate Name (or Née), Lashai Mclean, Camila Guzman, Gaurav Gopalan, Shelley Hillard, Cassidy Nathan Vickers, Brenting Dolliole, Erica Kernandez, Githe Goines, Crain Conaway, Deoni Jones, Rosita Hildalgo, Coko Williams, Tyrell Jackson, Paige Clay, Brandy Martell, Lorena Escalera, Tracey Johnson, Tiffany Gooden, Deja Jones, Kendall Hampton, Kyra (Kruz) Cordova, Rene (Rosita) Hidalgo Hernandez, Ashley Sinclair, Kelly Young, Domonique Newburn, Islan Nettles, Cemia “CeCe” Dove, Eyricka Morgan, Evon Young, Artegus Konyale Madden, Unidentified woman, Diamond Williams, Terry Golston, Jock Maurice McKinney (Valerie), Fatima Woods, Melony Smith, Unidentified woman, Amari White, Mia Henderson, Kandy Hall, Tiffany Edwards, Zoraida Reyes, Yaz’min Shancez, Betty Skinner, Nicole Kidd-Stergis, Alejandra Leos