The City of Brotherly Love has unveiled its first mural celebrating transgender people.
The 2,200-square-foot mural in Philadelphia, unveiled last week, is called “We Are Universal" and was painted by Kah Yangni and other residents of Morris Home, a rehab center for transgender and gender-nonconforming people, according to the home's website.
Yangni, who uses gender-neutral pronouns, says they were inspired by interviews and a photoshoot they did with the residents of the facility.
The mural includes quotes from the residents such as “We’re trans,” “We’re survivors,” “We are joyful,” “We feel rage” and “We are universal!”
“I picked the words that describe people at Morris Home but also the broader community of trans folks and folks in recovery,” Yangni said. “I tried to pick things I felt like a lot of people could connect with.”
“I think it’s really awesome to be trans,” Yangni continued. “I’m really proud of what I am, but I know that we live in this world where not everybody thinks that, and people in our community go through a lot. So I wanted to make something that would feel like a huge hug and acknowledges some of the things that are hard about our lives but ultimately is really loving and really warm and says, ‘We’re here, and we exist.’”
Yangni said they wanted to show both the difficulties of being transgender as well as the positives.
“It’s really hard to see death and destruction all the time, and we’re about more than that,” Yangni said. “I wanted there also to be a story out there about how great we are.”
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