Best Of 2021

Best Inclusive, Free Boxing Classes: Trans Boxing

Brooklyn-based artist Nola Hanson brought Trans Boxing — a collaborative art project that doubles as a boxing club — to Camp Washington’s Wave Pool gallery via a virtual art residency this spring and summer. Hanson offered free boxing classes (via Zoom) to transgender and gender-variant participants. They say “Trans Boxing critically intervenes in the rigidly gendered system of athletics, and increases availability to people who typically experience barriers to access.” If you missed the classes, Hanson will be back at the local gallery for their exhibit An Effort to Defend, which explores Cincinnati’s boxing history — particularly the Queen City’s only World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Ezzard Charles — and functions as a “response to the effort to defend against the prevalent and unceasing murders and attacks of trans people.”