Brooklyn College Celebrates Black Queer History with “Paint My Face” Makeup Workshop

Two folks do their makeup in front of a lit mirror.

BROOKLYN COLLEGE — In honor of Black History Month, the LGBTQ+ Resource Center held its second annual Gender-Affirming Makeup Workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 27, in collaboration with LaGuardia Community College and the New York City Council LGBT Caucus.    

The event included makeup kits at every table, and those who participated could take photos and selfies of their makeovers in a photo booth. To some attendees, putting on makeup has been a large part of expressing their identities since they were young. “Paint my face,” a colloquial term that translates to transformation, is an outlet for gender expression.