On Saturday, March 12, at the Judson Church, hundreds of activists, artists, and community members honored artist and activist Chloe Dzubilo, who died February 18.

Chloe's life and work as an artist, performer, and pioneering transgender and AIDS activist was celebrated via song, storytelling, and calls to action by artists, activists, and friends including Rosario Dawson, Antony Hegarty, Justin Bond, Viva Ruiz, Katrina Del Mar, and Barbara Warren. They also gifted Chloe's art to local organizations she was involved with and passionate about.

Listen here to a full recording of the 2 hour and 15 minute community celebration. (note: the sound has problems for the first minute of the recording)

Listen here to a 23-minute edit of the celebration.

Listen here to this week's hour-long program, the second half of which is devoted to Chloe.

After the jump are videos and photos from the event.

Here is a montage of images from the celebration (hat tip, Housing Works):

Here is a video of the community marching to the West Side piers to honor Chloe:


(Mx Justin Vivian Bond performing at Chloe’s service, photo by Brett Lindell)


Schedule of speakers and performers:

Metropolitan Community Church Gospel Choir

Viva Ruiz, welcome and invocation

Justin Bond, musical offering

Kelly McGowan gifted Housing Works

Rosario Dawson gifted FIERCE!

Little Annie, musical offering

Yvonne Ritter gifted Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Reuben Butchart, musical offering

Alice O'Malley gifted Positive Health Project

Betsy Todd read Chloe's writing

Antony, musical offering

Katrina Del Mar, Chloe video moment

T De Long and Kathy Rey, musical offering

Barbara Warren gifted the Gender Identity Project at the LGBT Community Center

The Lavender Light Gospel Choir, musical offering

Reverend Moshay Moses, benediction

Viva Ruiz, closing prayer


From the Village Voice:

"Chloe Dzubilo, artist and AIDS and transgender activist, died February 18 in New York City. She was fifty years old.

Chloe studied art at the Parsons School of Design and received an associate degree in Gender Studies from the City University of New York City College 1999.

A native of Connecticut, Ms. Dzubilo moved to New York in 1982 where she briefly worked at Studio 54. She soon became the ad director at the downtown art magazine the East Village Eye just when the neighborhood's art scene began to explode.

In the '90s, Chloe was an icon of downtown nightlife. She wrote plays for and performed with the Blacklips Performance Cult at the Pyramid club and edited the group's zine, Leif Sux. She was the lead singer and songwriter for the punk-rock band the Transisters, who played at CBGB's, Squeeze Box at Don Hill's and other trendsetting hubs of downtown culture.

Chloe was a muse for designers Marc Jacobs, Alexis Bittar and Patricia Field and art photographers Nan Goldin, Alice O'Malley, and Tanyth Berkeley. She modeled for fashion photographers David Armstrong, Steven Klein, and Michael Sharky.

Chloe was diagnosed with HIV in 1987 when her partner of nine years, Pyramid Club founder Bobby Bradley, died of AIDS. Since her diagnosis, Chloe advocated for civil rights, adequate health care and dignity for people living with HIV/AIDS, transgendered people and drug users.

A longtime volunteer for the LGBT Community Center's groundbreaking Gender Identity Project, she served on its transgender HIV prevention team conducting prevention outreach in bars, nightclubs and on strolls. She spoke at national and international conferences, in video Public Service Announcements and training workshops for health care and mental health providers.

Chloe was involved with the political action group the Transsexual Menace and went on to direct one of the first federally funded HIV prevention program for transgender sex workers in 1997.

In 2001, Chloe founded the Equi-Aid Project, a Manhattan-based riding program that specifically targets children who are infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS as well as other at-risk youth.

In September 2002, Chloe Dzubilo became the first transgendered person on the cover of POZ, a magazine for the HIV/AIDS community. She graced the magazine's cover two more times.

In 2003, Chloe was appointed to the HIV and Human Service Planning Council of New York, an advisory body composed of people living with HIV/AIDS, service providers, and government representatives, charged with ensuring that "people living with HIV have access to appropriate, quality services across the continuum of care, resulting in the best possible health and quality of life."

At the time of her death, she was working on a project with her spouse -- musician, visual artist and trans-man T De Long -- which will be shown in June by the arts and advocacy organization Visual AIDS.

To offer donations in support of her celebration and her favorite causes -- Visual AIDS and Return To Freedom -- go to:"