Thou Art Woman is a movement creating events and safe spaces for the LGBTQ community particularly for women & transgender individuals & our allies.
I founded Thou Art Woman in the Summer of 2014 with the help of two friends- Nik & PJ. We were all very motivated to bring something new to the LGBTQ Community in South Florida. Although I was enjoying the LGBTQ party scene I felt a void and was inspired to establish Thou Art Woman to create other spaces for us to connect as a community. The initial concept was that it would be an open mic event during an art exhibition thus the “Art” in Thou Art Woman. The first Open Mic event was such a great success people asked for it to be a monthly event. I didn’t make it a monthly event but it was clear that “Thou Art Woman” must continue. Everyone embraced and enjoyed the non-judgmental space that welcomed anyone to perform during the open mic portion of the evening and the performances were all so inspiring and entertaining. I have had the great opportunity to serve as MC for each of the events and work towards not just entertaining everyone but also engaging everyone and encouraging people to brave the mic.Thou Art Woman has grown into a highly anticipated Open Mic event in South Florida that is greatly appreciated by the LGBTQ community and our allies.
Thou Art Woman began to create other types of events when LGBTQ Activist, Angeline Jackson, asked me to host the film screening of the Jamaican LGBTQ film, “Taboo Yardies.” The filmmaker, Selina Burke, flew in from New York and Angeline flew in from Jamaica and we had a very unique experience addressing the Jamaican LGBT community. The film was both heartbreaking and riveting. Following the film there was a dynamic discussion.
Thou Art Woman continued to grow when I was inspired to share the challenges that I faced with having a healthy relationship with money. I organized and hosted “Money Talks.” As I promoted the event I shared my reluctance to embrace wealth and struggles with organizing my finances. Many related to my experience and I hosted our first “Money Talks.” It was the most challenging of the ‘Thou Art Woman: events because money is so private and we are discouraged from discussing our finances. Regardless, Money Talks was also a great success and the community appreciated that space to share their own experiences with money and I had guest speakers from the financial arena to give us vital information and guidance.
I’m extremely proud of the “Thou Art Woman” Movement and look forward to continuing to bring these unique, entertaining and inspiring events to the Community. I would love to bring “Thou Art Woman” to other places. Please contact me if you would like us to a host a “Thou Art Woman” event in your Community!
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