黑人跨性别艺术家在强大的音乐视频中纪念跨性别暴力的受害者

A trio of Black transgender women traverse a pandemic-shuttered New York in “But… 我活了下来,”一个旨在纪念跨性别暴力受害者的音乐视频项目. 设置为 Sia 的“Alive,” the “ButI Survived” video stars “RuPaul’s Drag Race” veteran Peppermint, singer-songwriter Mila Jam and makeup artist Deja “The Lady Deja Davenport” Smith. As they stroll through parks and ride the subway, each of the women glances wistfully at photographs of transgender people who have been murdered in recent years. They then drape themselves in an enormous transgender pride flag, surrounded by a troupe of masked dancers engaged in a socially distant routine. Watch the “ButI Survived” video above. Unveiled Friday to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance (十一月. 20), “ButI Survived” was directed and choreographed by John Alix in conjunction with NMAC, formerly known as the National Minority AIDS Council. Together with director of photography Josh Drake, Alix said he wanted to “pay respect to the transgender women who are no longer with us, and also scream to the viewer that trans women are alive, they are here, they’ve always been here, and it’s time to pay attention.” “We want people to see the humanity in these women,” he told HuffPost in an interview. “We so often put labels on who they are before we even know their story. They are strong, amazing, driven individuals who show us their soul every day, whether you recognize it or not.” Josh Drake Deja \Lady Davenport\Smith, Peppermint, and Mila Jam. Peppermint, who in 2017 was the runner-up on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and made her Broadway debut in the musical “Head Over Heels” the following year, shared similar sentiments. “The video either directly or indirectly addresses the lives of trans people of color, who are still today affected by an incredible amount of grief,” she said in an email. “And as heavy as this is on my heart, being able to gather with friends and fellow artists to create this meaningful video feels wonderful.” The release of “ButI Survived” comes at a challenging time for the transgender community. A Human Rights Campaign report published Thursday found that 2020 has already been the deadliest year on record for trans and gender-nonconforming people, 和 37 known victims of violent deaths so far. Many members of the community have also been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with their access to both social support and gender-affirming health care significantly diminished. 仍然, many transgender people say they’re optimistic following Joe Biden’s defeat of President Donald Trump earlier this month. The president-elect’s Nov. 7 victory speech was the first ever to single out trans voters. On Friday morning, Biden acknowledged Transgender Day of Remembrance with a poignant note on Twitter. To transgender and gender-nonconforming people across America and around the world: from the moment I am sworn in as president, know that my administration will see you, listen to you, and fight for not only your safety but also the dignity and justice you have been denied.— Joe Biden (@乔拜登) 十一月 20, 2020 Regardless of the political climate, the cast and creative team behind “ButI Survived” said they didn’t want the video to feel like a “sob story.” “Even though we are still being murdered at extremely high rates, we are letting our presence be known,” Jam said. “We are fighting for our happiness. We must celebrate our resilience.”

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