I'm an artist, educator and activist particularly interested in learning from tactics, props and gestures used as protests. I use this blog as a platform to archive and communicate examples of what I call 'gestures of defiance'-exciting, urgent and relevant actions that link protest histories and present radical potentials. On this blog I'm simply compiling and reposting examples I find as they happen. Months may go by with out a post but the blog as an archive is still active.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
City's First Major Transgender Center Opens in The Bronx
Councilman Ritchie Torres also helped spearhead the effort, although he could not make the grand opening because of an emergency, according to his staff.
"This will transform everything, I believe," said Luisa Benedetto, Torres' chief of staff. "No longer will The Bronx transgender community have to travel to Manhattan to receive services."
Mister Cris, executive director of Community Kinship Life, acknowledged that the space was small but stressed that every group needs to start somewhere and that the building was donated, meaning they will not have to pay for rent and utilities.
Aneesha Andrews, a transgender hairstylist who lives in The Bronx and also volunteers with Community Kinship Life, said she was particularly excited to take advantage of the center's job readiness programs and maintained that it would help lead to several opportunities for the borough's transgender community.
"Everything is always in Manhattan, and it's a good feeling that it's finally in The Bronx," she said, "and we finally have a voice."