C onsistent with JusticeAid’s mission to promote justice through the arts, and in keeping with our 2022 focus on LGBTQ civil rights, throughout 2022 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.
This month’s film selection, Moonlight, is a vital portrait of contemporary Black life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love. Louis Fratino is our January featured LGBTQ-identified fine artist. Click on the banner art above to see the full work, and read about the artist known for his emotionally charged, atmospheric paintings that explore queer identity with a contemplative tenderness.