Last Friday, President Joe Biden named Jessica Stern as the US Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons. This announcement made me feel hopeful as many human rights of LGBTQI+ persons are increasingly threatened in all regions of the world.
It also reminded me of an exhibit by Pakistani-Canadian artist, Zahra Siddiqui, with who I became familiar after reading her interview with the Huffington Post. She is a photographer, storyteller, and visual artist and is extremely intentional with her work to not only honor the existence of people of color but especially those in the LGBTQ+ community giving them visibility and representation. Siddiqui is best known for her work titled The Invisible Majority - a series meant to speak on the consciousness and civilization of our society. It's meant to empower the BIPOC and LGBTQI+ community as well as those who live along the margins of society. It speaks for the ones who exist but continues to not be valued or seen. I hope you find her work as inspiring and powerful as I do.