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Stolen Lives Project
Stolen Lives Project
The Stolen Lives Project was created to raise awareness and educate the community about the pervasive violence and lack of inclusion towards transgender and gender non conforming individuals. My art envisions a world where it doesn't matter what you look like, who you love or how you self identify. End transviolence. #IWILLNOTSTANDBY

Zella Ziona
Zella Ziona
Zella Ziona
Was killed October 15, 2015. Her death marked the 21st murder of a transgender person in the U.S. for the year 2015. Rico Leblond was arrested for her murder and a mistrial was declared in January 2017. “Transgender people face discrimination, harassment and violence in numerous context of their lives” (HRC, pg 5. 2015). There have been 80 known transgender victims of fatal violence since 2013. Stop Transphobic Violence. Stand with me. I ask you to say their name, say their name and STAND UP and "fight against anti-transgender violence before it starts" (Broadus, pg. 3, 2015).

Made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by the Huntington Arts Council, Inc.

Alejandra Leos
Alejandra Leos
Ajelandra Leos
Was killed September 5, 2014. She was fatally shot while trying to leave her Memphis, TN home after an alleged argument with her boyfriend. Marshall Pegues was charged with her murder. “In 2014, at least 13 transgender people were murdered in the U.S". The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey reveals, more than half (54%) of people surveyed experienced some form of intimate partner violence, including acts involving coercive control and physical harm. Stop Intimate Partner Violence. Stand with me. I ask you to say their name, say their name and STAND UP and become a transgender ally.

Made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by the Huntington Arts Council, Inc. and the Puffin West Foundation.

Breana Gizzy Fowler
Breana Gizzy Fowler
Breana "Gizzy" Fowler
Was killed November 10, 2014 after an intimate encounter with Mallory Porter. Porter recently took a deal and is now serving a 15 year sentence. Breana graduated from Pearl Cohn High School in Nashville,TN and worked two jobs.

Stop Transphobic Violence. Stand with me. I ask you to say their name, say their name and STAND UP and "fight against anti-transgender violence before it starts" (Broadus, pg. 3, 2015).


"This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Huntington Arts Council and Puffin Foundation West."

Ty Underwood
Ty Underwood
Ty Underwood, age 24 was murdered on January 26, 2015. She was a nursing student and worked as a nurse assistant in Tyler, Texas. Her boyfriend was arrested and charged in her death. He was recently given a life sentence for her murder. While there are instances where transgender people have been attacked in bias motivated attacks by strangers, many victims of fatal violence die at the hands of those closest to them. At least 23% of the transgender people murdered in 2015 were killed by intimate partners.

Stop Intimate Partner Violence. Stand with me. I will post a painting of a victim periodically to share their story. I ask you to say their name, say their name and STAND UP and become a transgender ally.

"This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Huntington Arts Council and Puffin Foundation West."

Mercedes Williamson
Mercedes Williamson
Mercedes Williamson, age 17 decomposed body was found in a wooded area June 2, 2015. Her murderer, a gang member feared that if his relationship was discovered by his gang-they both would be killed. He drove her 50 miles away, used a stun gun, & stabbed her. When she ran, he chased her down and beat her with a hammer. He was charged and convicted of a hate crime.

Stop Intimate Partner Violence. Stand with me. I will post a painting of a victim periodically to share their story. I ask you to say their name, say their name and STAND UP and become a transgender ally.

"This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Huntington Arts Council and Puffin Foundation West."

Kayden Clarke
Kayden Clarke
Kayden Clarke
Kayden had Asperger syndrome, a form of autism and allegedly suffered from post traumatic stress and suicidal ideation. On February 4, 2016 Kayden, age 24-year-old from Meza, Arizona, was shot and killed by police in his home. A friend called police to conduct a wellness check at his residence because she feared he might kill himself. Despite carrying stun guns, Meza police opened fire on Clarke who they allege lunged at them with a knife.

Stand with me to end violence against the transgender community. I will post a painting of a victim periodically to share their story. I ask you to say their name, say their name and STAND UP and become a transgender ally.

'This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Huntington Arts Council and Puffin Foundation West.'

Blake Brockington
Blake Brockington
Blake Brockington, age 18 succumbed to suicide March 23, 2015. His family was not supportive so Blake lived with a foster family during his transition. He received national recognition when he became the first out transgender homecoming King at East Mecklenburg High School in North Carolina. Shortly after his win he said, "That was single-handedly the hardest part of my trans journey. Really hateful things were said on the Internet. It was hard. I saw how narrow-minded the world really is."

He was a transgender advocate and became to publicly speak out about police brutality against blacks and on issues impacting LGBT youth.

In his obituary, Brockington's family, still unaccepting of his identity as a transgender male, used female pronouns and referred to him by the name they had given to him at birth.

Teach your children tolerance, love and understanding for those who are "perceived" by society as different. Our thoughts become words, our words become actions and those actions can lead to fatal acts of violence against an already marginalized an oppressed population...

STOP BULLYING....Stand with me. I will post a painting of a victim periodically to share their story. I ask you to say their name, say their name and STAND UP and become a transgender ally.

"This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Huntington Arts Council and Puffin West Foundation."

Untitled I
Untitled I
This image represents the internal struggle that most transgender and gender non conforming individuals encounter based on a box that society forces us to check. I challenge viewers to speak against gender stereotypes and become an LGBT ally.




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