New Symone Salib Mural Honors Late LGBTQ Leader Gloria Casarez

Gloria Casarez
Executive Director of PhillyGayCalendar

Beautiful new mural by Philly-based artist Symone Salib honors the late LGBTQ+ leader and activist, Gloria Casarez at GALAEI on Fontain Street at Howard Street in Norris Square!

Serving the Latinx community while widening their embrace, GALAEI provides services, support, and advocacy for all queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (QTBIPOC) communities. GALAEI fights for access, opportunity, sexual empowerment, and economic justice while fighting systemic oppression, structural racism, discrimination, and white supremacy. Learn how to get involved with GALAEI here.

“The words and title of the the mural were created in collaboration with GALAEI and read, ‘My Existence is Resistance.’ The mural visually displays Gloria holding a the Philly pride flag. The flowers in the background of the mural metaphorically display the seeds she planted in her lifetime that continue to bloom for the community today. These beautiful red flowers bloom on a tree called royal poinciana or in Spanish the flamboyan tree (flamboyant tree). This tree grows in the Caribbean islands including Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. I also wanted to pay homage to the neighborhood and her latinx identity with this detail.”
Symone Salib
Symone Salib
Artist

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