I have had the pleasure of many run-ins with Elisha Lim at various community events, and have been totally blown away by their work. Thus, I feel compelled to promote their recent endeavour, a film called Queers Who Pray.
Elisha is a brilliant and multi-talented artist who has illustrated comics, books and anthologies, as well as exhibited portraits in international galleries and screened short films all over the world. They have also self-published beautiful and endearing pin-up calendars that celebrate the queer and trans communities that they are a part of. These calendars have revolved around butches, sissies and femmes and have been a testament to the wisdom that queer and trans bodies hold inside them.
Elisha is also passionate about making art that features people of colour, which I think is important. I feel that the stories of queer and trans people of colour are so often under-represented or misunderstood, and it’s heart-warming to see Elisha pay homage to these lives and bring them to our attention.
Their most recent endeavour is to make a film about queer folks who pray. There was a time when the words queer and religious would have been an oxymoron, and even though there have been some faiths that have opened their doors to queer and trans folks, this is still a very touchy issue. Elisha enlightens us about this paradox as a queer who loves to praise God and wants to give us a glimpse into the lives of other queers who believe in God or are religious or spiritual believers.
I think this is quite an undertaking, and much-needed for community healing and awareness, as well as to shed light on this particular aspect of queer/trans identity — but Elisha needs our help. As someone who gives so much to their community, I hope that folks can also come together and help Elisha raise funds to get this film off the ground. Elisha has a campaign on indiegogo that explains this project and where all the money will go. Please consider donating or sharing the link!