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Hi, and thank you so much for speaking with us. Could you give us an introduction?

I'm Shanée, an artist from Brooklyn.

How would you describe your artistic style?

My style uses bright colors and funky elements to create a story. 

Do you have a favorite medium to work with?

Ipad or posca paint markers.

What inspiration do you find yourself drawing from for your DIY Docs?

Being a queer woman who's proud of herself.

Why is Pride still important in 2021?

Being heard and feeling seen is always important. 

Which resources have you used for personal support, or would you recommend to someone in your community requiring support?

The Trevor Project.

What does Pride mean to you? 

Pride is the ability to be yourself unapologetically.

What challenges do you think are facing Pride in 2021?

As a community, the biggest challenge I see is the ability to see each other and listen to each other's experiences. The climate in the community doesn't allow room for conversation, dissent, and understanding- it's just cancel culture. I think it's harmful and gets us nowhere in the long run. 

If you could celebrate Pride with one LGBTQIA+ historical icon, who would it be? 
Storme DeLaverie- the lesbian woman that *actually* started Stonewall but was overshadowed by Marsha P because of politics.