Mural celebrates the LGBTQ community’s diversity at SAGE Center Bronx

Advocates and city officials celebrated the unveiling of a mural at the SAGE Center Bronx at Crotona Pride House, a community center for LGBTQ seniors, on September 27.

Karen “KayLove” Pedrosa, a queer Bronx native artist born to Puerto Rican parents, designed the mural based on a survey last fall of over 100 community members.

“They wanted the mural to be very colorful and bold and bright, and to have elements of the Caribbean, South America, and Central America,” Pedrosa told Gay City News. She made the mural using spray paint and wrote “SAGE” in graffiti letters in honor of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop in the Bronx.

The mural features three butterflies, a reference to the Mirabal Sisters, who stood up for women’s rights and equality in the Dominican Republic during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. […]

Click here to read the full piece. This story was originally published by Gay City News on October 3, 2023.