Black Trans Lives Matter Mural Bronx NY Summer 2020
At the height of the uprising in June 2020 following the murder of George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor Black Trans Media created a Black Trans Lives Matter Mural in the Norwood Neighborhood of the Bronx.
The wall we painted the mural on was provided to us by a family that has owned a store for decades in the community and wanted to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and specifically for the Black Trans community. We organized community paint days to produce a beautiful mural that honored the loss and legacy of Black Trans people while stating clearly "No Transphobia, No Racism, No Xenophobia, No Sexism, No Homophobia, No Ableism"
A few months later in September of 2020 our mural was defaced and destroyed with red spray paint all over depicting anti-trans and anti-lgbt statements. The Norwood neighborhood rallied around us and came together to hold a press conference at the wall. Despite seeing our work ruined we decided to repaint the mural with the words on top "you can't erase us"
See below for photos of our process painting, the mural defaced, and us repainting. To read and watch more about what happened check out these press links:
As lead artist of Black Trans Media's “Bronx Black Trans Lives Matter” Mural in summer 2020 Xenorphyous helped guide the design, painting, and work collaboratively with Black Trans Media, and local community allies.