As a performing artist and author, Linda's work intervenes with confidence, politicized anger, and grace into a symbolic and literal economy which would otherwise render her bound and gagged.
~ Dr. Nia O. Witherspoon
Linda La is a multidisciplinary artist from the Bronx, NY, whose work explores the complexities of living as a transgender woman of color in today’s America. With origins in both both Black America and the English/Spanish-speaking Caribbean, Linda's transnational experience of living at the intersection of embodied, social, and national borders hones in on the critiques of hegemonic power. As a performing artist and author, Linda's work intervenes with confidence, politicized anger, and grace into a symbolic and literal economy which would otherwise render her bound and gagged. ~Dr. Nia O. Witherspoon
Born out of the Iconic House of LaBeija in the underground New York City Vogue/Ballroom scene, Linda's experimental spoken word infused musical sound has been featured in articles in both AFROPUNK and The Fader. She has been featured in The New Yorker, Timeout New York, W Magazine and Coveteur Mag. She has helped open stages for StaceyAnn Chin, Me’shell Ndegeoecello, Big Freedia and Billy Porter. She has curated performances in partnership with The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, La Mama Experimental Theater, New York Live Arts and VICE. She can also be seen in the feature film “Pariah” directed by Dee Rees and in the FX series “Pose” produced by Ryan Murphy. Currently, her work can be found on all streaming platforms and archived at the Brooklyn Museum in the “Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall” Exhibit.
Through workshop facilitation and communal performances, Linda has used her autobiographical work to create greater social consciousness around transgender issues. In addition to her creative work, she has long served her community for over a decade working with organizations such as the Hetrick-Martin Institute, The Possibility Project, El Puente Leadership Center, Safe Space, Safe Horizon & Voices Unbroken. Her greatest challenge was working at the Ali Forney Center where she served LGBT homeless youth as their first Arts Programming and Community Outreach Coordinator. She even helped organize AFROPUNK’s Trans Justice March of 2015. She has extensive experience working with runaway/homeless youth, injection drug users, young people who have been incarcerated and victims of commercial sex and drug trafficking. She specializes in providing LGBT services and hopes to someday create an LGBT Arts Center for those of different gender identities, sizes and abilities.