The artist fnnch has just unveiled his newest mural in celebration of the 50th anniversary of SF Pride, and it’s one of our favorites yet.
Located at the corner of Market and Octavia in San Francisco, the mural consists of three of the artist’s colorful bears.
“The first is inspired by the Progress and Philadelphia Pride flags, which include a black and brown stripe. It is intended to celebrate the diversity of the LGBT+ community and to emphasize The Center’s focus on inclusiveness, fnnch says.
“The second bear is based on the Bi Flag, and the third by the Trans Flag.”
The work has a special significance to the artist as this year also marks the 25th anniversary of his uncle’s death from AIDS. “Pride art as long as I have been making street art.”
With the mural destined to become widely shared on Instagram, fnnch asks that photos of it be tagged #SFLGBTCenter to show the Center and the community some love.
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I am excited to share my new mural for the @SFLGBTCenter on the corner of Market and Octavia. This weekend is the 50th anniversary of #SFPride, and while the parade has been cancelled due to COVID, we can still celebrate. If you share a photo of the mural, please tag it #SFLGBTCenter to show them and the community some love! The mural consists of three bears. The first is inspired by the Progress and Philadelphia Pride flags, which include a black and brown stripe. It is intended to celebrate the diversity of the LGBT+ community and to emphasize The Center’s focus on inclusiveness. The second bear is based on the Bi Flag, and the third by the Trans Flag. I have been making Pride art as long as I have been making street art. I have always had LGBT+ family, friends, collaborators, and neighbors, and I have seen their struggles firsthand. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of my uncle’s death from AIDS during the worst of the epidemic in the mid-90s. He is still dearly missed. We have made tremendous progress in both social understanding and rights for the LGBT+ community, but there is still a long way to go. It was literally just last week that the Supreme Court declared that the Civil Rights Act includes protections for both sexual orientation and gender identity. And while I live in one of the most accepting places in the world, one in which same-sex couples can freely stroll hand-in-hand down the street without drawing special attention and gender neutral bathrooms are the norm, most places are not like that. The SF LGBT Center provides resources, support, and a safe space for members of the LGBT+ community. It is offers many programs and services. Amongst these are youth programs — both a safe space for young people to hang out and specific programs for homeless and at-risk youth — and economic development programs — assistance with employment, housing, financial literacy and even resources for small businesses. The SF LGBT Center is the only non-profit in San Francisco serving all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, and it was an honor to work with them on this project. #fnnch
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