Creating Healing Out of Invisible Violence
Can We Fix Society?
Quote: My death needs to mean something. My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year,” she wrote. “I want someone to look at that number and say ‘that’s f—ed up’ and fix it. Fix society. Please. — Leelah Alcorn from her suicide note.
Leelah set a tall order when she asked that society be fixed. How can we heal as a society? How can transgender people heal in the face of the onslaught of all the stories were hear day in and day out through social media and our friends? How can we heal in the face of a full frontal assault of thoughtless and unknowing comments, body language, transphobia and cissexism, and society’s erasure of our issues as important? The healing has got to come in small measures. There’s not one of us that can fix society all on our own. We have to depend on our friends, family and our allies for help.
What Can We Do?
- Raise Awareness
- Build Ally Relationships
- Use Creative Coping Mechanisms
- Share Your Art on Your Website
- Submit Your Art to Zines, Galleries, & Show Locally
- Share Your Website with The Invisible Violence Project
Dylan Scholinski at Sent(a)mental Studios
did it first with his various art therapy projects, such as the Youth Haven
project and more. His public speaking efforts have been raising awareness since the 1990s, and his art therapy projects precede ours. We’d love to be as successful in raising awareness on invisible violence and secondary trauma in transgender people as he has in raising awareness of transgender youth suicide and anti-reparative therapies. We take inspiration from Dylan and his work.
What are Creative Coping Mechanisms?
You do not need to be limited by artistic medium in how to creatively deal with the invisible violence in your life. If you’ve ever been affected by a TDOR event, have been affected by current events to the point where you could not go out of the house, then creative coping mechanisms might help you to process your feelings. You do not have to be limited to the media below, but here are some possible ideas. Think about something that bothered you, and create to get out your feelings:
- Write a song and perform it on youtube, or for your friends.
- Draw something
- Paint something
- Write a blog
- Write a short story
- Dance your own dance, on YouTube or not
- Write a poem
Let us know you’ve been creative, what you’ve done, and we’ll link to your work. Your creative work should speak to triumph over adversity, acceptance in the face of alienation, healing in spite of hurt, visibility in the face of erasure, and most of all, how you overcame some sort of invisible violence like alienation, ostracizing, second hand trauma, hate speech, or many more.
Thanks for your participation, and I really look forward to seeing how creative you can be!