Our May/June featured film selection is the hit Netflix series, Heartstopper, an uplifting LGBTQ+ drama about teen friendship and young romance based on the graphic novel by Alice Oseman.
Our featured artist this month is Beauford Delaney, a modernist painter whose work spanned naïf urban scenes and portraits to the abstract. Although never center stage, he was a darling of the international cultural scene during the Harlem Renaissance and later in Paris, but his position as a gay man, an African-American, an expatriate, and a sufferer of mental illness made it difficult for him to fit in wherever he went. Be Your Wonderful Self: The Portraits of Beauford Delaney is currently on view at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans through July 17th, 2022.
Consistent with JusticeAid’s mission to promote justice through the arts, and in keeping with our 2022 focus on LGBTQ civil rights, throughout the year we will feature films that address important issues to the LGBTQ community. Our film picks do not aim to represent the broad spectrum of this community—that is an impossible feat. Rather, they offer a glimpse into the complexities and strengths inherent in queer and gender non-conforming identities. We hope these films also offer inspiration, deepen our collective understanding, and prompt candid conversations with family and friends. We suggest artworks, songs, books, TV shows, and viewpoints to supplement the films below.
We welcome your reactions and suggestions and look forward to taking this journey with you throughout 2022 as we strive to forge greater empathy and deeper commitment to providing access to justice and protections for the civil rights of all persons.