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Live Pridefully: Love and Resilience within Pandemics is an interdisciplinary exhibition presented by the Caribbean Equality Project. The exhibition celebrates queer and trans Caribbean resilience through a racial justice lens, while fostering critical conversations related to pride, migration, surviving colliding pandemics, and coming out narratives. Caribbean diasporic immigrant rights, gender justice, and trans rights advocates live at the intersections of outdated immigration policies, anti-Black violence, racism, homophobia, transphobia, gender-based violence, xenophobia, and misogyny in the United States and throughout the Caribbean region.  Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, queer and trans immigrants of color have lived in a constant state of fear and isolation, from food insecurity, and a lack of access to equitable healthcare, to rising rates of anti-Asian violence and police brutality against Black bodies. Live Pridefully reimagines and affirms undocumented Black and Brown LGBTQ+ immigrants and asylum seekers as essential workers, creatives, and contributors to the cultural diversity of New York City, by highlighting the work of seven activists and community members: Rajiv Mohabir, Qween Jean, Theo Brown, Tannuja Devi Rozario, Darren J. Glenn, Rohan Zhou-Lee, and Tiffany Jade Munroe.

Artist Bios

  • Christian Thane (Photographer)

  • Richard Ramsundar (Visual Director)

  • Mohamed Q. Amin

    Founder and Executive Director of the Caribbean Equality Project

    Mohamed Q. Amin (he/they) is an Indo-Caribbean, queer, and Muslim immigrant rights activist. He is a native of Guyana, who currently resides in Richmond Hill, Queens. On the eve of the 2013 NYC Pride Parade, Amin, his partner, and his siblings survived a vicious attack for being members of the LGBTQ+ community in their Caribbean-centric southeast Queens neighborhood. In 2015, in response to the anti-LGBTQ hate violence, he founded the Caribbean Equality Project (CEP), a non-profit organization that advocates for Caribbean LGBTQ+ voices in New York City. His transnational advocacy and community organizing are rooted in gender equity, racial justice, dismantling and decolonizing systems of oppression, healing, and ending anti-LGBTQ hate violence in the Caribbean diaspora.

    Amin is a survivor, a cultural producer, and the director of My Truth, My Story, CEP’s multimedia oral history documentary series that curates “coming-out” narratives of queer & TGNC people of Caribbean heritage in the diaspora. Grounded in the power of storytelling, the archive of stories reveals struggles with suicide, mental health, family acceptance and rejection, the intersection of religion and sexual orientation, and HIV/AIDS.

    As an intersectional community organizer, political activator, and coalition leader, Amin has been profiled in many media outlets, including Gay City News, Mashable, Vice, them, the Gotham Gazette, the Queens Eagle, the Queens Public Library Digital Archives, Caribbean Life newspaper, and the West Indian newspaper.

    In 2015, Amin became the first Indo-Caribbean LGBTQ activist featured on BRIC TV, an award-winning cable network in Brooklyn. Following the horrific Pulse nightclub shooting, Amin’s relentless advocacy to uplift queer Muslim voices was recognized with a proclamation from the New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at the 2016 NYC Council Eid ul-Fitr Celebration. That same year, he received a Citation of Honor from the Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm at the 2016 Queens Borough Hall LGBTQ Pride Month Celebration. In 2017, Amin was honored with a proclamation by New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. to recognize his leadership, community organizing, and fearless advocacy in New York State’s 10th Senate District.

    In 2018, Amin co-organized Breaking Silences, the first international Caribbean LGBTQ conference in Toronto, Canada. In 2019, he was selected as a New York State ambassador for World Pride, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion in NYC. That same year, he was honored by Gay City News with an Impact Award for his work with the Caribbean Equality Project, the first for a Caribbean LGBTQ immigrant organizer in New York City. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, Amin curated Queer Caribbeans of NYC | Stonewall 50, the first-ever multimedia historical retrospective showcase of the racial and cultural intersections of Caribbean LGBTQ immigrants’ activism in New York City. The exhibition and archive documented 30 years of Caribbean LGBTQ rights organizing with an extensive repository of never-before-seen photographs, news footage, artifacts, and oral histories with well-respected Caribbean LGBTQ rights advocates. As part of the Queens Museum’s Year of Uncertainty, Amin curated Live Pridefully: Love and Resilience within Pandemics, an interdisciplinary exhibition that celebrated queer and trans Caribbean resilience through a racial justice lens, while fostering critical conversations related to pride, migration, surviving colliding pandemics, and coming out narratives. Portraits of Caribbean LGBTQ+ immigrants anchored the exhibition, with oral Afro and Indo-Caribbean migrant histories and stories driven to construct healing through storytelling, embodied resilience, and intersectional dialogue on postcolonial belonging, anti-Asian hate violence, and Black trans liberation.

    Amin has organized and led countless LGBTQ educational community engagement forums, participated in panel discussions, and conducted informative presentations at New York City public schools and community organizations to break the silence on Caribbean LGBTQ issues.

    Amin is a graduate of the New York City Anti-Violence Project’s Community Leadership Institute and Speaker’s Bureau: Intensive Organizing Training. Amin holds a B.A. in Economics, has over 14 years of management experience in retail banking and financial literacy program development in immigrant communities, and is currently pursuing a master’s in Mental Health Counseling at his alma mater, Queens College.

    To learn more about Amin, connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @MohamedQAmin.

    To learn more about the Caribbean Equality Project, please visit www.CaribbeanEqualityProject.org or connect with CEP on Twitter at @CaribEquality & Facebook and Instagram at @CaribbeanEqualityProject.

Organizations

  • Caribbean Equality Project

    Caribbean Equality Project

    The Caribbean Equality Project (CEP) is a Queens-based community organization that empowers, advocates for, and represents Black and Brown, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, and queer Caribbean immigrants in New York City. The organization’s work focuses on advocacy for LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights, gender equity, racial justice, immigration and mental health services, and ending hate violence in the Caribbean diaspora. To date, CEP is the only educational-based agency serving the Caribbean-American LGBTQ+ community in New York City, with a dedicated aim to cultivating supportive and progressive Caribbean neighborhoods free of violence, oppression, and discrimination. CEP’s intersectional organizing fosters solidarity, builds coalitions, develops community partnerships, and conducts legislative activism to advance LGBTQ+ rights in New York State. As a Black and Brown immigrant-led social justice and human rights organization, CEP’s liberation movement educates, inspires, uplifts, and celebrates Afro and Indo-Caribbean, queer and trans non-religious, Muslim, Hindu and Christian, documented and undocumented members of the Caribbean diaspora of all generations, all categories of ability, and all HIV statuses.

  • Queens Museum

    Queens Museum

    The Queens Museum is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens — a uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural, and international community. The Queens Museum presents artistic and educational programs and exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary urban life of its constituents, while maintaining the highest standards of professional, intellectual, and ethical responsibility.

Live Pridefully: Love and Resilience within Pandemics

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Featuring: Christian Thane (Photographer) Richard Ramsundar (Visual Director) Mohamed Q. Amin

Curated by: Mohamed Q. Amin

Presented by: Caribbean Equality Project and Queens Museum
  • Caribbean Equality Project
  • Queens Museum
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