Gabrielle Le Roux

"Africana, transgénero y orgullosa"
"Así se define ella y así se sienten sus modelos al ser retratadas por esta artista que habla y muestra algo tan tabú como es el trangenero en Africa. Aunque ella no sea de color retrata de una forma muy cercana los sentimientos de lxs modelos de color que se sienten muy identificadas en cada una de las piezas.

La idea nació diciembre de 2008 cuando la Comisión Internacional Gay y Lésbica de Derechos Humanos y Genderdynamix organizaron el primer encuentro exclusivo de ciudadanas africanas transgénero, celebrado en Ciudad del Cabo.Ella se puso a retratar a las voluntarias y voluntarios para realizar una exposición.

"Los retratos son nuestras imágenes y dicen nuestras palabras, cuentan nuestras historias, expresan nuestros sentimientos, exhiben nuestro orgullo, incluso nuestro miedo, son nuestra historia, son nosotras en el presente y la historia de la lucha transgénero de África en el futuro. Muestran la fuerza, la esperanza y el orgullo a las generaciones que vendrán detrás de nosotras."


The faces of America's gay rodeo

"You may have never heard of it, but gay rodeo has been a part of Western American culture since the 1970 and 1980. Similiar to regular rodeos with the exception of a few events it started as a fundraiser for members of LGTB community suffering from HIV/AIDS."

Photogapher: Blake Little


Jerome Caja

"Jerome Caja (1958-1995) was an American mixed-media painter and Queercore performance artist in San Francisco, California in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Early life and education

Caja was born on January 20, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in a large strict Catholic family. One of 11 sons, Caja called it a family of jocks, although he himself was a frail sickly child. Caja attended Cleveland State University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1984. He then moved to San Francisco to continue his art education and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1986.


In the late 1980s, Caja became a well-known artistic personality within the radical gay scene in San Francisco. Caja performed as a drag queen and go-go dancer in San Francisco's queer punk nightclubs, where his performance art has been described as "post-apocalyptic deconstructive drag." In one Easter performance at Club Uranus, Caja in drag performed an elaborate reenactment of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
Caja crafted miniature mixed-media artworks which he created from everyday materials, especially those used by drag queens such as nail polish, sequins, lace and glitter. Many of Caja's works were influenced by Catholic iconography and satirized Christian morality. Professor of Communication Fred Turner described Caja's paintings as "fragments of a private allegory -- often dizzyingly grotesque, but also glorious, gentle and sad."


According to Caja, he tested positive for HIV around 1989 and began to show symptoms of sickness around 1992. In September and August 1995, the Archives of American Art recorded an oral history interview with Caja. He died of AIDS in San Francisco on November 3, 1995. His memorial service was held at the Hole in the Wall gay bar in South of Market, San Francisco.


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) twice provided exhibits of paintings by Caja. Before his death, Caja gifted his unsold artworks to the SFMOMA. Caja's personal papers and effects are archived in the Smithsonian Institution."