I, like so many other queer artists, grew up in fear and isolation. Even with evidence to the contrary, I still thought I was the only queer in the world. A queer mind full of wonderful queer ideas with nobody to talk to about them.
Why join Ira Sachs and Lily Binns in Queer/Art/Mentorship? Because what Werner Herzog and Alan J. Pakula did for me when I was just out of college was simple. They said (though not in these exact words), "You go, girl!"
I recently received the Queer/Art/ Mentorship Fellowship, and artist Louise Fishman became my mentor. I remember the first thing I learned from Louise: she told me not to throw away anything that I work on.
I hope our willingness to present our queerness, in our bodies, ideas and works of art, makes our mentors proud of the careers they've fought for. They've made this protest against the privileges of so-called normalcy possible.