Benji Hart

Benji Hart is a Black, queer, femme artist and educator currently living in Chicago. They are the writer behind the blog Radical Faggot, and have essays featured in the anthologies Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief (2017) and Taking Sides: Radical Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism (2015), both from AK Press. Their writing has also been published in Truthout, Salon Magazine, Socialist Worker, and other feminist and abolitionist media.

While formally certified as an elementary educator, their teaching philosophy is grounded in popular education, and relies on art to inspire resistance and direct action. Their areas of expertise include the dance form vogue, spoken word poetry, trans and queer history, and prison and police abolition. They have taught voguing to trans and queer youth at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Broadway Youth Center, and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, and have offered workshops on a range of political topics to such groups as Assata’s Daughters, Chicago Desi Youth Rising, For the People Artists Collective, and others."

It has been a blessing to be a small part of Trans Day of Resilience, to work alongside so many other artists and writers I admire, and strengthen my practice under their guidance. The opportunity to meditate on the themes of loss and celebration, exploring the inherent bond between the two, with other Black and Brown, trans and queer artists has been moving and invaluable."