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Mural of Philly LGBTQ activist painted over with no warnings

Mural of Philly LGBTQ activist painted over with no warnings
The mural, completed more than five years ago was a tribute to Gloria Casarez, Philadelphia’s first director of LGBT affairs, who died in 2014 at the age of 42 after a battle with breast cancer.

” The artwork was a project of Mural Arts Philadelphia, the nation’s largest public art program, “dedicated to the belief that art ignites change.Casarez was a beacon of hope and possibility for the LGBTQ and Latinx community and with the loss of this iconic mural, we mourn the loss of Gloria all over again,” Mural Arts tweeted on Wednesday.A spokesperson to Mural Arts, Cari Feiler Bender, called the incident a “shocking and sad day.Members of the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia are outraged after a mural painted as a tribute to a beloved activist was painted over on Wednesday — without any warnings.

On Wednesday, without any warning to the community, workers painted over the mural.’” On Wednesday, Ortiz projected the image of the mural onto the painted wall adding a banner that reads, “You can’t erase history.

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