On the morning of November 9th, 2016, I woke up devastated.
My world had changed, and I felt powerless to change it. I felt as if the rug had been pulled out from under me. I wanted to scream at the sky, but I knew it wouldn’t do any good. Anyone who I could have spoken to was already on my side, knew how I was feeling.
I needed to spread the word.
Within two days, I had created the Keep Them Safe sticker project, an attempt to share my opinions with the world and demand respect for first the queer community, and then others, through art.
It was mostly a guerrilla art project, to be honest- I printed pages’ worth of stickers and stuck them up all over my neighborhood, replacing them when the weather ruined them or people tore them down. I put them in people’s mailboxes, shared my project online and even mailed them to a few of my friends. (Some actually managed to stay up for over a year before succumbing to the weather. Color me pleasantly surprised.)
I’ve recently begun the process of updating these stickers using more durable materials. Currently the updated Keep LGBT and Trans Kids Safe stickers are available for purchase on my Etsy store– they are made of vinyl, and will be much more color-fast and weather-resistant than the original paper ones, if you’d like to take on a guerilla art project of your own.