Casey Hoke never expected to become a confident activist, growing up in Louisville, Kentucky. His first efforts as a participant in a Day Of Silence were met with homophobic remarks from students and teachers. With aid from his supportive family, Casey transitioned from female to male in high school. Casey became a GSA officer and peer educator at duPont Manual High School where he studied visual arts. His efforts to provide a safer community were noticed by GLSEN and in July 2014 he became a student ambassador, where he worked to organize national events, contributed to media, and spoke at the GLSEN Respect Awards in New York City. These opportunities helped Casey further develop leadership skills for the LGBTQ community when he wrote for The Huffington Post about his art and transgender identity, allyship, and the anti-transgender bathroom bills that arose in early 2015. Casey combined his passions for art and the study of LGBTQ identity in when he created and presented lectures titled, “Art & Identity.” The lecture, intended for LGBTQ youth and arts educators, included LGBTQ art history, guides of support for educators, and an activity where attendees share their own artistic expressions. Casey worked to take his innovations and activism further to help others tackle marginalization with creative solutions.

Casey is remembered through the memories our community holds and through the work he shared. Casey showed great passion in his Point community service project, QueerArtHistory.com, and was committed to celebrating stories of queer expression. We are immensely grateful for his impact on our community and each of our lives. The love and warmth Casey brought to every space he was in will be truly missed by all of us at Point.

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