Kween Culture Initiative

Mission:

Kween Culture Initiative’s mission is to promote cultural equity for transgender women of color through cultural enrichment, social empowerment and social justice.

 

What Is Cultural Equity?: 

Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.

  • In the United States, there are systems of power that grant privilege and access unequally such that inequity and injustice result, and that must be continuously addressed and changed.
  • Institutions of Art & Culture must all hold themselves accountable, because acknowledging and challenging inequities and working in partnership with communities who’s history and cultural contributions have been systemically undermined or erased entirely.
  • Everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life, which is essential to a healthy and democratic society.

 

How Kween Culture Hopes To Facilitate Our Mission: 

While our core mission is towards the advancement of cultural activities for transgender people, and specifically the cultural efforts of Black and Brown transgender women- we’re a little complicated. Our vision is to create moments for our community, reignite opportunities for sisterhood and fellowship, and enrich the most vulnerable of our community’s lives with art, dialogue, fellowship, and opportunities to lead those efforts by fostering mentorship, and creative leadership development opportunities.

Philosophy:

Transgender women of color experience higher rates of violence, harassment, suicide, and discrimination. We  face a wide range of systemic and social barriers in accessing employment, housing, and healthcare. The public assessment statistically is a harsh one: transgender people are marginalized, disenfranchised, live in extreme poverty, and face stigma and discrimination around the globe.

While these realities exist, they co-exist with a spirit of resilience, perseverance,  creativity, and truly sophisticated contributions to the arenas of arts, culture, social change and social justice that is unmatched by any other community. Kween Culture Initiative celebrates the deep profundity of Black and Brown transgender women of color through cultural enrichment, social empowerment and social justice.