The Nagoya Action Heroes were going to observe International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (May 17th) by celebrating the work and life of queer professionals in different fields. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, they had to cancel the event. Instead, they were going to meet as a group to discuss how the intersection of mental health and LGBTQIA+ rights through an article written by Nazariya, also published and shared by TARSHI. When their club supervisor learnt about Anjana’s death, she reached out to all students from the club asking if they could respond through a statement or a work of art. The students who replied in affirmative were sent the following article links: Article 1 and Article 2.
They were told their writing, or message may include:
– statement of solidarity
– why is it important for LGBTQIA+ individuals to have supportive friends and families
– their advice to educators and mental health professionals
– why we need more clubs as Nagoya Action Heroes in educational spaces
She wrote: “Anger is a powerful emotion – it can stir change. You can show your anger through your work if you’d like to.”
Here are three of the creative responses received.