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We Exist Quilt Project

After the death of Nex Benedict, a nonbinary high school student in Oklahoma who was beaten in a school bathroom by other students, the superintendent of Oklahoma schools, Ryan Walters, was quoted in the New York Times: 

“There’s not multiple genders. There’s two. That’s how God created us”, Mr. Walters said, saying he did not believe that nonbinary or transgender people exist.

New York Times Feb 23, 2024

This is a narrative I see repeated in my social media feed and other places online.

Why a quilt? Quilts have a long history of being used to commemorate events and there is a modern movement to use quilts as a form of political protest. For example, the AIDS quilt. Quilts are also associated with comfort and caring for others, and I envision the creation of this quilt as part of a journey to help heal and honor myself and other trans, two-spirit, and nonbinary individuals who do not feel seen in the world. I am looking for collaborators who are willing to contribute a piece of clothing that will be incorporated into the quilt.

If you are inspired to participate in this project, either by contributing clothing or participating in the construction of the quilt, please contact me for more details, or visit the collaborator page.

Want to see more quilts? Visit my Instagram: @kris.shanks.art