Last Friday, ELIXHER celebrated the release of our third magazine issue which features New York Times bestselling author and trans advocate Janet Mock as our cover girl. We fellowshipped and danced the night away to the tunes of DJ Mursi Layne at Brooklyn’s Galapagos Art Space. We nibbled on tasty treats by Bedstuy Kitchen. We vogued, catwalked, snapped selfies, and loved on one another. The energy in the space was palpable. Thank you to everyone who supported us that night with their presence and who supported in spirit. It takes a village to make ELIXHER happen. We are because of you. As ELIXHER continues to grow, we will continue to heed community concerns and feedback. We’ve begun working with a consultant to implement better practices and will strive to better balance sustaining our community and our business. (View the full gallery of photos from the event here.)
We were honored to have some of the women featured in the magazine present that night, including Janet; Kim Crosby who also bares her truth in this issue; Fernanda and Angela Ferrell-Zabala (“My Body. My Choice. One Couple’s Struggle With Surrogacy”); and Breezy of designer duo Coco and Breezy (“She Said/She Said”). Thank you to everyone who told their stories so boldly and unapologetically. You are an inspiration. Thank you to the masterful storytellers who took great care wordsmithing each piece for the magazine, as well as the talented graphic designer, photographers, and makeup artists that visually conveyed their essence and truth. You are brilliant. Truly. To Janet, I’m so grateful for your sistership and for inspiring the theme of our third issue. To the women that also courageously posed nude: Kim, Mia, Tiona, it was a privilege.
Thanks to our village of supporters, we were able to raise over $2,000 which will be funneled back into compensating our talented contributing writers, editors, photographers, and graphic designers. Thank you to our organizational and corporate sponsors: the Human Rights Campaign, the National Black Justice Coalition, and Babeland. We are grateful for your support. Thank you Brooklyn Born, LLC, Saj Golde, Maureen Erokwu, Shantel James, Esq., and two anonymous supporters who donated a total of 20 tickets so that the event would be more accessible to community members. Thank you to Carmen Neely for her support on behalf of Harlem Pride. Thank you to the incredible team that made this event possible: ELIXHER staffers Mikayla, Glennisha, Sydney, and L’lerrét, love bus events & design founder Alissa, and our volunteers: Cairo, Corina, Danielle, Jay, Kanika, Nadirah, and Tajah. Thank you to the amazing photographers who documented the night’s event: Sil Nelson, Lola Waters, and Denise Madison. And to Bluestockings bookstore for providing copies of Janet’s memoir Redefining Realness.
We look forward to better serving our community and growing into a fierce force that’s here to stay. We hope you’ll continue to support and celebrate with us along the way!
Onward and upward,