It has been an incredibly challenging few weeks for transgender youth and their families – states across the country have advanced regressive legislation, including extreme bills all over the South.
It’s devastating that we are living through this unprecedented time of political attack – because we are also experiencing an unprecedented time of public support for LGBTQ+ equality across the South and nationwide. The stories that we’re hearing every day are stories of young people coming out and being met with love, parents speaking up for their children, and teachers, faith leaders, and doctors advocating in the best interest of trans and queer children. That support is an extremely powerful force – and we must nurture it and be speaking up about it even as we shed light on attacks.
That ethos is at the heart of a new mural that debuted last week in Asheville, NC, where the Campaign for Southern Equality is based. Our Southern Equality Studios Director Liz Williams designed the mural and led a talented team of artists on the installation. Check it out below, and please join us in sending its message – that trans youth are powerful and loved:
This new mural is one way to tell the story of resilience and resistance in the South.