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Reclaiming our heroes

November 11th, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

The Ste Emilie Skillshare in Montreal has put out a call for their Queer and Trans People of Colour (Q/TPOC) Heroes Postcard series. Details below! What a cool project!

Hero Nina Simone, found on my blue t-shirt. Thank you to the creator of this image, but I don’t know who you are.

Calling all brown, black, mixed race, yellow, red, desi, African, Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit, Metis, Caribbean, Latin American, Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Aboriginal, non-white, non-European, (e)raced, (in)visible minority.

The Ste Emilie Skillshare is launching a postcard campaign to reclaim our colonized histories. Share your favorite q/tpoc heroes and we’ll print them on beautiful silkscreened postcards. Our goal is to flood the postal service with millions of inspiring q/tpoc heroes!

Who is a Q/TPOC hero? -any person or group that are your trans/queer of colour heroes -living, not-living -historical or from the future -real or fictional -writers, activists, musicians, performers, yr mama -local or global

What? This sounds AMAZING! How can all my q/tpoc friends and I get involved?

Step 1. Choose a q/tpoc hero Step 2. Draw or photoshop an image of yr hero Deets: 2 or 3 solid colours (no shades please!) Hand drawn, computer drawn, digital images or painted photographs - all formats are welcome. Step 3. Email your beautiful image to by December 15th! With your submission tell us: Who your hero is and why? Who you are and attach your contact info.

If sending a digital image, please send in jpeg, tif or psd format, at least 200 dpi (prefer 300). (Layers separated by colour are optional but helpful). We’ll do our best to use the colours and images as you’ve submitted them, but please note that we may need to make adjustments in order to use them in a silkscreening kind of way.

Here are some examples of silkscreened prints, and some of the sources of inspiration for this series:

  • Alert! When you send us an image, its cuz you want it to be part of this project and know that we’re sending them all over the globe. We can’t pay you, but we’ll send you a bunch of sweet silkscreened Q/TPOC heroes postcards and lots o’ love.


The Ste Emilie Skillshare

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