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Texas rainbow mural vandalized with ‘stop your gay agenda’ graffiti

Texas rainbow mural vandalized with ‘stop your gay agenda’ graffiti

'Stop your gay agenda, please'

Vandals spray painted a homophobic warning over a rainbow mural in Texas overnight on Friday (23 November).

The words ‘Stop your gay agenda please’ mysteriously appeared on the popular mural in The Heights, Houston. The vandals also spray painted a giant ‘X’ across the LGBTI mural.

Artist Hugo Perez created the mural back in April, as part of the Be Visible Pride Wall campaign.

'Stop your gay agenda, please'
‘Stop your gay agenda, please’. | Photo: Pride Portraits / supplied

Eric Edward Schell is the creator and photographer of Pride Portraits.

He told Gay Star News the mural aims to uplift, affirm and celebrate the LGBTI community. But one person felt ’emboldened hate’ and decided to ‘deface’ the Pride wall.

Schell said: ‘This type of vandalism brings me right back to the Pulse shooting and the realization that people want our community silenced – if not dead – for simply existing.

‘Being visible in our community puts a target on our backs, but visibility is imperative to our right to exist in society. That is why Pride Portraits was created and this wall was painted as an extension of the Pride Portraits Campaign.

‘There is no “gay agenda”. We are not asking for extra rights [and] we are not asking that you have less rights.

‘We are seeking equality,’ he added.

‘Mission to give people a platform to be visible’

Creators of the mural previously said they made it to remind LGBTI people they’re not alone.

Artist Perez said: ‘It’s so important that we do not forget that transgender women of color were integral in the gay liberation movement. More often than not, these communities are relegated to the margins of society.

‘The final design of the mural aims to highlight and celebrate each letter of the LGBTQIA spectrum,’ he said.

Be Visible Campaign
Be Visible campaign. | Photo: Pride Portraits / supplied

The Pride Portraits website states: ‘This wall is an extension of our mission to give people a platform to be visible, represented and humanized.

‘Unfortunately, Houston has lost two Pride inspired paint walls in 2018,’ it said.

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