Linda LaBeija is a multidisciplinary artist, teacher and curator from the Boogie Down Bronx of New York. Her work explores the complexities of living as a transgender woman of color in today’s America. With origins in 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.
Born out of the Iconic House of LaBeija in the underground New York City Vogue Ballroom scene, Linda’s pursuit of 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 archived at the Brooklyn Museum in the “Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall” Exhibit.
Through workshop facilitation and communal performances, Linda uses her autobiographical work to create greater social consciousness around transgender issues. In addition to her creative work, she has long served her community for nearly a decade working with organizations such as the Hetrick-Martin Institute, The Possibility Project, El Puente Leadership Center, Safe Space, Safe Horizon, Voices Unbroken and the Ali Forney Center where she served LGBT homeless youth as their first Arts Programming and Community Outreach Coordinator in 2018. 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, specializing in providing LGBT services. As a performing artist, musician, teacher and writer, Linda's work intervenes with confidence, politicized anger, and grace into a symbolic and literal economy which would otherwise render her bound and gagged.
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