Bright Spaces, Welcome Places

Community conversations with LGBTQ+ people inspired the following art prints for healthcare settings.

“Healthy, Free, and Proud”
Adelina Cruz

Healthy, Free and Proud is a work of healing inspired by themes and imagery from conversations and collaborations from bisexual pansexual community members. The figure is engaged in a self-embrace, celebrating self-acceptance and self-love. The flutter of butterfly wings symbolizes freedom of identity, freedom of expression and the joy of being seen and heard. “Biangles,” the overlapping pink and blue triangles represent the both/and existence of bisexuals and the diverse identities they straddle.
“The hope for this piece is to express safety, affirmation, and inclusiveness with art and imagery for queer/bisexual/pansexual people, specifically people of color who navigate the healthcare system” – Adelina Cruz

Adelina Cruz (pronouns they, them, their) is a non-binary, queer Xicanx, community-oriented visual artist who works primarily with painting, drawing and digital art.

Bright Spaces, Welcome Places is supported by Fierce Pride and the New Mexico Department of Health to create better understanding and affirmation of LGBTQ+ lives in healthcare settings.  For more information about this project and other health resources, visit FiercePride.org.

Inside, Outside
Dee Ross-Reed

Inside, Outside is a self-portrait inspired by themes and imagery from conversations and collaborations with transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-binary community members. It is a look into the queer world of the ocean where gender-transcending creatures of the sea reflect complicated and fluid experiences of this community. Male seahorses carry their offspring through pregnancy and jellyfish may change their sex during the lifespan. A border separates open air space with the underwater, symbolizing how the transgender, genderqueer, and non-conforming communities sometimes occupy multiple genders throughout a lifetime, resulting in feelings of being half-in, half out of spaces. The full moon and sunlight coming into the sea represent hope for the queer community and their families.

“This work is a self-portrait. I spend much of my life navigating dualities. The pygmy seahorse hidden in the corner represents times when I have had to hide my identity. The seahorse in the middle represents proud self-acceptance. The intent for this piece is for gender expansive people to feel welcome, safe, and proud when they access healthcare systems.”- Dee Ross-Reed
Dee Ross-Reed (pronouns they, them, theirs) is a non-binary, queer artist and social scientist who works with photography and digital collage.

Bright Spaces, Welcome Places is supported by Fierce Pride and the New Mexico Department of Health to create better understanding and affirmation of LGBTQ+ lives in healthcare settings.

Because We Lived, Because We Loved
Ilene Weiss

Because We Lived, Because We Loved commemorates the strength and resilience of older adult Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, etc. individuals. It is inspired by themes and imagery from conversations and collaborations from the LGBTQ+ older adult community. The rainbow patterns and quilt like materiality speak to the history of LGBTQ+ older adults, such as the birth of the rainbow flag and the AIDS quilt which commemorates when LGBTQ+ lives were brought to the forefront of healthcare conversations. The prominent hands represent the strength of these older adults and the bright, smiling and slightly worn faces of the figures portray the pride in the work and the successes this community has facilitated in the name of equal rights.

“One of the strongest messages I took away from the LGBTQ+ Older Adults community conversation was about survival and legacy.” ~ Ilene Weiss

Ilene Weiss (she, her, hers), mixed media artist, believes that as social creatures, we are products of our environments and our passions. Whenever possible she uses her creativity to support causes and communities she cares for. This piece was created to help make visible her own elder queer community.

Bright Spaces, Welcome Places is supported by Fierce Pride and the New Mexico Department of Health to create better understanding and affirmation of LGBTQ+ lives in healthcare settings.

A Place For You Here
Haven Aragon

Vibrant colors and gathering of different bodies in “A Place For You Here” represent the importance Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, Asexual, etc. youth place on optimism for the present and future. It is inspired by themes and imagery from conversations with LGBTQ+ youth community members. LGBTQ+ youth embrace the complexities of identity and these diverse bodies depict multiple genders, skin colors, body types and abilities. Various flags of the LGBTQ+ movement are incorporated into the colors, clothes, and imagery of the work to honor those that came before to make this diversity and optimism possible.

“Through love, health, and diversity, our community will continue to flourish for generations to come. The more we open our hearts to one another, the more plentiful we become in community, wellness, and acceptance” – Haven Aragon.

Haven Aragon (he/him/his) is a transmasculine digital and traditional artist who aspires to become a graphic novelist and tattoo artist.
Bright Spaces, Welcome Places is supported by Fierce Pride and the New Mexico Department of Health to create better understanding and affirmation of LGBTQ+ lives in healthcare settings.