Visibility and Resistance on Wikipedia in Fifteen Photos
Representing marginalized communities with my contributions to Wikimedia Commons
This week, I was honored to be named by the Wikimedia Foundation as the 2023 Media Contributor of the Year. The award ceremony, honoring multiple Wikimedian of the Year winners, took place on the opening night of Wikimania Singapore, which is happening both in-person and online throughout this week.
For my part in the award ceremony, I was asked to assemble a slideshow showcasing some photos that I’ve uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, a huge repository of freely usable media files. I chose photos from my collection that illustrate my mission to improve the representation of marginalized people— Black and trans folks in particular— on Wikipedia and its sister projects.
Blackberri was a gay Black singer-songwriter, activist, and long-time resident of the San Francisco Bay Area. His music has been archived at the Smithsonian Institute. I saw him perform live on a few occasions, including the December 2016 event in Oakland where I took this photo: Black Queer + Trans Love Uncensored.
This photo is from one of several rallies I attended in protest of police brutality, a subject I have blogged about frequently. This March 2016 rally and press conference at San Francisco City Hall protested the police killings of Amilcar Perez Lopez, Alex Nieto, and Mario Woods. The organizers called for the resignation or firing of…