Holding: A queer black love story

Written and Performed by Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence and Alex Farr

 Image by Alex Farr

Image by Alex Farr

What does it mean to tell a queer black love story now? To find someone who SEES you when the world refuses to safely recognize your existence, when your body is under attack, your rights are under siege, and everything and everyone you love and care for feels threatened? In this precarious moment, how do we hold each other? Our selves? Our love? We name our tenderness as an act of resistance—intimate resistance that should be celebrated, protected, and cared for. A deeply personal meditation on mental health, (in)visibility, tenderness, and resilience in the post-election moment, Holding: A queer black love story asks what it means for queer black folks to show up and be present in a world where white supremacy, homophobia, and transphobia deem our presence a threat.

  • Premiered at HERE Arts Center to a sold-out 110-seat audience on February 14, 2017
  • Performed at Hampshire College in April 2017
  • Performed at Secret Project Robot as part of BUFU’s Us Festival in July 2017