Philadelphia, PA - A mural for LGBTQ+ activist Gloria Casarez in Philadelphia's LGBT neighborhood on 12th street has been painted over by the building owner Midwood Development, who purchased the property in 2018.
Philadelphia's LGBTQ Community Outraged After Mural of Beloved Activist Painted Over
The Mural Honoring Casarez was part of the community for five years and died at the age of 42 from cancer in 2014.
Philadelphia's Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs sayed in a statement "we were shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden removal of 'A Tribute to Gloria Casarez' mural on 12th Street."
Gloria Casarez Mural Instagram
Artist Michelle Angela Ortiz made the following statement on Instagram "Gloria fought for us, so I fought for Gloria."
"Adding, Amid the pending demolition, I worked with Mural Arts for five months to communicate to Midwood the importance of Gloria's legacy and presence as a woman of color, activist, and essential role in LGBTQ history."
After workers whitewashed the mural, Ortiz began projecting a portion of the mural on the building's wall. Ortiiz said," I stand in solidarity with Gloria's family and the communities she fought for."
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