Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 50 / 14 December 2017
 

Re-installation set for defaced gay mural in SF’s Mission district

A gay-themed mural on the Bryant Street exterior wall of the Mission district's Galeria de la Raza was recently defaced with black spray paint. Photo: Rick Gerharter

A gay-themed mural on the Bryant Street exterior wall of the Mission district’s Galeria de la Raza was recently defaced with black spray paint. Photo: Rick Gerharter

A defaced mural depicting gay Latinos in San Francisco’s Mission district will be re-installed Friday, June 26, Galeria de la Raza, the gallery hosting the mural, has announced.

The re-installation will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the gallery, 2857 24th Street. There will be a vigil at 8 p.m.

The mural, known as Por Vida (“For Life”), has been vandalized three times in recent days. Police are investigating the incidents as a hate crime, according to the gallery. The digital piece shows a gay couple, a transgender man, and a lesbian couple.

“This gathering will be an action for strength and positivity as we cope with the rupture our communities have recently experienced and to celebrate Chican@/Latin@ LGBTQ visibility,” Ani Rivera, the gallery’s executive director, said in a statement today (Thursday, June 25).

The gallery also plans to have a community forum. A date is expected to be announced soon.

In an interview earlier this week, Rivera, who identifies as a queer Chicana and lives in the Mission, said the mural is meant “to bring visibility to a sector of our community, and we’re not going to stop because of the threats.”

Artist Manuel Paul, in a recent statement released by the gallery, explained the reason for the mural.

“Por Vida was created to celebrate the LGTBQ Chican@/Latin@ culture within the context of a historically Chicano barrio,” Paul, who worked on the mural and is with the Los Angeles-based Maricon Collective, said, using the @ symbol to refer to Chicanos or Chicanas. “Through our art and our work we present counterstories that reflect queers growing up in the Barrio.”

 

 

— Seth Hemmelgarn, June 25, 2015 @ 6:40 pm PST
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