We're In This Love Together

  • The banners are installed on a First Avenue Garden wall for the summer.
  • A detail of Tha Mutha in process.
  • An artist unrolls the banners for installation.
  • These banners were an emotional and transformative experience for everyone involved.

Project Description

"We're in this love together," uses major tarot archaina imagery to illustrate queer communities/families of color and their vibrant legacy. The touch on the intergenerational connections and relationships that exist within queer communities of color communities. With this focus on queer people of color (QPOC), the team used the tarot deck to explore archetypes within the QPOC ballroom communities and cultures. The double entendre of a "House" or "deck" of cards, with relation to ballroom houses and the familial relationships that exist within such houses. "We're in this love together” draw from the language, vocabulary, cultural icons and heroes, videos, and drawings that the Groundswell youth researched and experienced. The banners are inclusive and specific, vibrant and loaded with a rich history.
The figures represented are Tha Mutha, Tha Fatha, Tha Luvahs, Tha Children, La Muerte, and Tha Fool.

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Project Info

Location: 2 Astor Place New York, NY 10003
East Village

Community Commission

Youth Development


The Hetrick-Martin Institute

The Hetrick-Martin Institute

Lead Artist(s):
DonChristian Jones

Co-Lead Artist(s):
Lauren Baccus



A team of LGBTQ youth
Acrylic on Canvas

Dimensions: Six banners, 5 x 3 ft each

Fun Facts

The team researched important QPOC such as Juliana Huxtable, Janet Mock, Laverne Cox, House of Ladosha, Rashad Newsome, Le1f, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Boychild.
Suggested Activity
Create a social media post about how to support LGBTQ youth and add The Hetrick-Martin Institute’s #‎empowerlgbtqyouth‬ tag.
Legend Symbol
The mailbox next to Tha Mutha represents home.