July 2nd, 2015
We want you to meet someone. His name is Carlisle.
Carlisle recently completed a two-year MFA study at the Center of Cartoon Studies and is kicking off his new chapter by returning to his home state, Massachusetts. However, he returns a different person.
Rewind to 2012. Carlisle graduates from Gallaudet University with a degree in Government, choosing this particular path due to a score of people who claimed that art wasn’t a realistic career path. And at the time, he did not identify himself as a male. Carlisle was born into a female body and lived most of his life as a woman. He didn’t come out as a Trans man earlier because he was not yet aware of the concept.
Today, Carlisle ponders often about how society places heavy pressure on us to fit in. “We’re all human!” he says. But what does it mean to be human? This is a topic he explores in his web comics, The Satrians. Carlisle also shines light on how society treats people with disabilities.
It meant a lot to premiere our beyoutiful video Carlisle in Boston on Saturday, June 27, for a few reasons. It was our first time in the area and we were excited to meet the people there, and it was important to us to get Carlisle’s beautiful message out to the community. Lastly, the day before our beyoutiful event, the Supreme Court recognized marriage equality as the law of the land, which was an important step towards becoming a more accepting society for all kinds of individuals. Indeed, a historical time in our country!
When we kicked off the beyoutiful event at the swanky Naga Nightclub, it felt like we were celebrating something bigger than our fifth beyoutiful video. We were celebrating love.
We absolutely love this capture of Carlisle’s reaction while watching the video for the first time, shot by our Instagram hijacker of the night, Laural Hartman.
It was a wonderful event and a beautiful time! Thanks to all who attended the event and those who participated via social media. Sign up for our e-newsletter to get announcements on our next beyoutiful feature, which will launch at the end of summer.
Until then, be you.