Rev. Emily C. Heath

Boston Queer Artist & Activist Aliza Shapiro Hospitalized

Filed By Rev. Emily C. Heath | August 02, 2011 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: Aliza Shapiro, Boston, donation plea, queer, trans

Aliza Shapiro is a Boston artist, event producer, and activist, who has contributed greatly to the performing arts scene in the Boston area, and has consistently provided artistic outlets for the LGBT community. She is the founder of Truth Serum Productions, which hosts both TraniWreck and Dr. Sketchy. hospital-patient.jpgIf you've gone to any sort of performing arts event in the Boston queer community, chances are Aliza was involved either in the execution or inspiration.

I first met Aliza two years ago. I'd never met her, but she showed up at my birthday bonfire in Provincetown. She seemed to know just about everyone there. The next time I saw her we were both lobbying for the trans rights bill at the statehouse in Boston. Since then I've gotten a chance to see her shows in Boston, and to see the way she creates community with the many different people she meets.

I wanted to tell you about Aliza because last Sunday she suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. The cause is still unknown. Aliza has been being treated in Boston, and has made some progress. But she is still in the ICU with mobility, vision, and speech impairments on her right side. Aliza's many friends have rallied around her and are doing all they can to take care of her.

If you'd like to learn more about Aliza and her work, or see how you can help in her recovery, please visit the link below. Regardless, please send prayers, good thoughts, or whatever else you think might help to Aliza and her extensive family of friends. This is what community is all about. Get well soon, buddy.

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Thanks, Paul! I just added one to the bottom. Thanks for the heads up.