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Tue Jul 7 2015 (Updated 07/08/15)
Community Rallies Behind Vandalized Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Mural in the Mission
Following Hate Crime, Speakers Call for SF Community to Heal with Love, Not Revenge
On July 1, hundreds came together in spirit, unity, and love to transform the unacceptable destruction of the mural on the outside wall of Galeria de La Raza in the Mission District of San Francisco. The mural installed by the Los Angeles Maricon Collective is a celebration of LGBTQ people, and accompanies the presentation in the Galeria, The Q-Sides.

Supervisor David Campos and staff brought the community together. He spoke of the pain this act caused him as a gay man who could not come out until he was 26 years old. Campos and every speaker emphasized that unity must be maintained in the Mission, healing with love not revenge, even though the vandalism was a hate crime

Trans man, Lucindo, spoke of the deep emotions, pain, and scars the mural image of the trans Latino man brought up inside. René Yañez, a founder of Galeria de la Raza, spoke its history and that the Galeria has always celebrated our differences and maintained our love for the Mission and one another.

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