On Dec. 15, Brave Space Alliance, in partnership with the Trans Liberation Collective, held the Second Annual Unicorn Ball, a fundraising and year-end social event.
This year, the ball took place at The Shapiro Ballroom, and featured a raffle, live performances, a streaming slide show of some of the events and actions by Brave Space Alliance, several DJs and a short segment where individuals were acknowledged for their behind-the-scenes community work.
After Brave Space Alliance Executive Director LaSaia Wade was joined by Stephanie Skora ( director of policy and operations ) and other officers from the Alliance, honorees received their awards. Recipient Tatyana Moaton said, "I have heard 'We should not be, we should have never been, and we will never be,' so many times, but I will fight for our [trans] community until the end, regardless of what anybody says." The other two awardees were health outreach director Channyn Lynde Parker and performer/educator/activist Vita E. Cleveland.
For the performance section of the evening, things got off to an energetic start when Najee Chatman presented her self-penned trans-positive song entitled "Good Morning." Girasol Flores inspired another kind of energy with an intensely moving reading of her self-written "Say My Name," while drag king Khalil Love generated catcalls and squeals from the packed room. Emcee and leather daddy Juju Minxxx closed the show with a rousing rap singalong.