LGBTQ community, elected officials stand together after 'Black Trans Lives Matter' mural defaced in Norwood
Members of LGBTQ+ community stood with elected officials Saturday to speak out against hate in Norwood.
They gathered in front of the mural at Perry Avenue and East 204th Street.
The mural, which states "Black Trans Lives Matter," was defaced with homophobic slurs this week.
Black Trans Media painted the piece in June. The group painted over the vandalism Saturday.
Across the street, more messages of hate were written. As well, down the road on Decatur Avenue, "die of AIDS" was painted on a building.
The group says violence against transgender women of color is a crisis, naming victims like Tiffany Harris, who was stabbed to death in the Bronx in July.
Xeno Olionus, the mural's artist, says people aren't getting the message. "This was to show, not only uplift trans people, but Black people, people of color, weird people, people the system does not support – but was created to destroy those people. And to see it like that— don't you know people like that fight for you?" Olionus says.
Police say they do not have a description of the suspect at this time as they continue to investigate.