Did you know that April 26 is Lesbian Visibility Day? Not only is Her Blaze family owned and operated, we are also proud members of the LGBTQ+ community.
This year will make 13 years of April 26th bringing awareness and visibility to lesbians. So, for our Monday challenge, we figured we’d do some LGBTQ+ art.
Pretty vague, I know. We have a few Her Blaze artists who have some good ideas, so let’s start there.
One artist is Molly Nixon-Karistinos. She painted this “Love” piece.
Seems like a great piece to celebrate lesbian day of visibility. After all, love is love, right?
Molly is a bold artist who believes in “challenging societal norms with honesty and integrity’. Today is about visibility, recognition and safety and that is what we want to see in the art you submit.
Molly is the exact artist we want to see submissions from this week!
Another Her Blaze artist who fits this weeks challenge is Grace Olivia. She has many pieces, including this one, that would be perfect for the LGBTQ+ art challenge.
Grace encourages and supports body positivity, but her art is also supportive and empowering. She paints every person, every body type with ‘grace’ and dignity.
You can see the love in each of her creations.
In a time period when Caitlyn Jenner can run for Governor of California and Cristiano Ronaldo can be one of the best soccer players, you might wonder why Lesbian Day of Visibility is important? The same reason highlighting LGBTQ+ art is important.
It’s important because the LGBTQ+ community wants to bring awareness to the judgments and stereotypes that happen daily. Also, days like today are important because there are still laws allowing religious exemptions in healthcare implicating LGBTQ people and religious exemptions impacting adoption and foster care for LGBTQ+ people.
14 states still don’t recognize same sex marriage. Clearly, lesbians aren’t “visible” enough.
Glenn Close said, “all great art comes from a sense of outrage.” This week, that outrage should lead to some great lesbian or LGBTQ+ art.
Or, maybe you’re an LGBTQ+ artist. We hope you’ll submit your art as well.
According to Feminine Moments, ‘lesbian art’ was part of the 1970’s feminist movement. Do you know what that means?
That means if you would classify your art as feminist art, then you can take part in our challenge this week as well.
Not an artist? Here’s how you can make a difference in this challenge, learn why lesbian visibility day is important, educate yourself on lesbian ‘issues’, and support the LGBTQ+ art community.
I wanted to leave you with a quote by Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay Senator in the United States, “there will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s now okay to express ourselves publicly. We make that day by doing things publicly until it’s simply the way things are.”