During my 2019 Gasworks residency working with Out Proud African LGBT, a group of Asylum Seekers and refugees fleeing colonially instated anti gay laws, I traveled to Trinidad and Tobago. At a small gallery in Arima I delivered a Black Queer World Building workshop with local LGBTQ charities Silver Linings T&T and I Am One T&T. My intention was to connect Pan African struggles against colonial legacies of homophobia and to better understand my own positionally as a queer person of black Trinidadian heritage and anti colonial artist. I was wondering what it meant for me to work along side African LGBTI activists without connecting them to the same struggles in the home land of my father. You can read about the East Yard Black Queer World Building in their magazine via the link below.
So much of the work I was able to do in Trinidad was made possible by Arnaldo James who is a friend and organiser within queer and trans rights group I Am One T&T . A conversation about the intersections of our work is available to watch via the link below.