In 2014, Cônnére—who is also an artist, thespian, and singer—was attacked after leaving a benefit show on Capitol Hill. Now they advocate for transgender and gender-nonconforming people in Olympia. With hate crimes on the rise and signatures gatherers working to put a new anti-trans bathroom bill, Initiative 1552, on the ballot, resilient voices like Cônnére's are more important than ever.
You've become a central figure in Seattle's arts scene, particularly for your work in the drag community. How has your work evolved over the years?
I started out mainly doing fringe theater and drag variety shows like Bacon Strip, which really helped me grow and figure out who I was as a performer. Now my work has changed a bit. I have gone a lot more into mixed media, and I'm becoming a bit more political. I've also really gotten into the fine-arts scene and fashion.
Can you tell us about a project you have in the works?
Currently I am working on the third installment of a wearable art show that I curate with my friends Anouk Rawkson and Jordan Christianson. We take artists and designers and pair them to create wearable pieces of art based on a theme. The show will be on August 10 at Vermillion.
What do you do for fun around here?
Re-bar is my playground. AzuQar, the queer Latinx dance night, is my favorite monthly night. Also Collide-O-Scope is super fun.
How do you take care of yourself when things feel bleak?
Art is what gets me through these dark times. My loved ones keep me sane.