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Milk and Chalk (2012)

Zoë Williams was born in 1983 in New Orleans, Louisiana where she lived until hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. She currently lives and works in New York, NY. 

Spirits, sacred creatures, and phantoms from the dream world inhabit my work. They are the intermediaries that connect us with the (inner) realm of the collective unconscious and the (outer) kingdom of nature. ”

From Zoë’s homepage

" If someone else is taking the flak you would have got, in eras past, that flak is still your problem."

I don’t agree with everything in this Guardian piece by Zoe Williams, but she hits the nail on the head with the final line. 

If there are still people unthinkingly using the word ‘gay’ in a derogatory way, does it matter that homosexuality is no longer illegal? If there are people laughing at the the trans* community, does it matter that people are no longer laughing at stereotypical portrayals of camp gay men?

" If someone else is taking the flak you would have got, in eras past, that flak is still your problem."

Just because I am not trans* does not mean that I do not care / worry / want to help the trans* community. Just because I can pass as straight does not mean I do not want to make homosexual relationships more visible. Just because it does not immediately and personally impact me, does not mean I should not stand up and say - 

this is not okay”.