By David Lopez
LibroMobile Arts Cooperative (LMAC) celebrates arts and culture through all forms and aims to build community by elevating the voices and work of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). The acknowledgement of the important contributions from the LGBTQ+ community in the arts, is also part of a narrative that needs to be upheld. As we continue to do this work every day, let’s take a moment to highlight 5 Queer BIPOC artists in California who are using their art forms to create the change we need in our communities. Follow them and show them some love.
D’Lo is a queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comedian whose work ranges from stand-up comedy, solo theater, plays, films and music production, to poetry and spoken word. D’Lo is currently in development on a scripted series based on his life that is set up at BTR Media and Paul Feig’s Powderkeg Media. He recently performed his solo play To T, or not to T? at The LGBT Center. His tv/film credits include co-starring in the HBO series LOOKING as Taj, on the Amazon series TRANSPARENT, the Netflix series SENSE 8 and USA’s Mr. ROBOT. Through his works, D’Lo advocates for the queer and transgender South Asian community and for sharing our own narratives in any way we can. As a writer he has been published in various anthologies and academic journals, and he is the creator of the “Coming Out, Coming Home” writing workshop series which have taken place with South Asian and/or Immigrant LGBTQ Organizations nationally, which provide a transformative space for workshop participants to write through their personal narratives and share their truths through a public reading.
Jay Lynn Gomez
Jay Lynn Gomez is a Los Angeles-based Mexican American artist whose paintings depict the invisible working class that are dismissed by wealthy homeowners as well as addressing issues of immigration. While Gomez’ work opens dialogue about class and race, it is her own openness in asserting gender nonconformity that sets her apart in the art world. Her voice is louder than ever as she has pivoted in placing herself front and center on social media as a transgender artist. Still keeps true to the importance of the subversion of her artwork.
féi hernandez is an Inglewood-raised, formerly undocumented immigrant, trans non-binary visual artist, writer, and healer. féi is an Advisory Board Member of Gender Justice Los Angeles and was one of the artists for Forward Together’s 2019 Trans Day of Resilience Campaign. They are a Co-Founder of ING Fellowship which provides mentorship to Inglewood youth working on projects to counteract gentrification and was also a femmetor for the 2019-2020 Seeds of Liberación (SOL) leadership development program for young transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGI) people in Los Angeles. They are a certified Reiki and Akashic Records practitioner who utilizes a decolonial approach to ancestral energetic healing. féi’s debut poetry collection, Hood Criatura, was published in August 2020 and was on NPR’s Best Books of 2020.
An excerpt from Reason Men Build Walls by féi hernandez
He tried to sever parts of me during his inner war:
tried to slice me with his love like a molten silver sword,