Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
About my work
I designed and embroidered Article 22 within a day. Although my design is simple, it is meaningful. I included the colours of the Pride flag because I am bisexual. When I first designed my piece, I had not yet come out, but in the many months since first creating this piece, I found something within me to show my true colours. Creating this piece and showing it to my peers was important in the process of me finding comfort within my sexuality and being myself.
I live in Vancouver, Canada, a beautifully diverse city. To not include the updated version of the Pride flag felt wrong, and ignorant of history. LGBTQI+ People of Colour have been some of the strongest leaders in the Pride community and fought for our rights harder than almost anyone else. Without these courageous activists, I wouldn’t have had the privilege to safely come out (or even come out at all). This project has helped me come out of my shell (and the closet) and I hope it inspires others to do the same.
- Loretta Avery
Loretta Avery is a 19-year-old student from Vancouver, Canada. She first started embroidering when she was 15, and hasn’t stopped since. This is the first embroidery project that she’s been involved in. This project is important to Loretta because she identifies as bisexual and had a lack of LGBTQI+ content growing up. Being so close to the United States can be distracting, but she doesn’t want people to forget about Canada’s past and present with LGBTIQ+ and Indigenous rights. Loretta looks forward to being involved in more projects that give bisexual and LGBTQI+ people a platform.