New and Dangerous Ideas



I was inspired to create this drawing while learning about the AIDS crisis, and the use of human bodies in acts of civil disobedience calling for government recognition and medical support of people living with AIDS. The queer community, with limited financial and political support, used their bodies for tools of resistance and visibility. Queer bodies were not only tools for marching and blocking streets; they were evidence of the severity of the issue at hand. AIDS was hard to ignore when it was gathered in the streets. Decades later, queer bodies remain an essential tool of advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community and other minoritized groups. Bodies are at the center of oppression; they are manifestations of our differences, privileging some over others.However, they are an invaluable source of strength in the struggle for equity and inclusion. We are hard to oppress when we are unapologetic about our existence.