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My Painting: Transexual Rights, Honoring Sylvia Rivera

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A Tribute to a Trailblazer in Transgender Rights Title: Transexual Rights: Sylvia Rivera Dimensions and Medium: 40 cm x 40 cm, oil on canvas with perler beads "Transexual Rights - Sylvia Rivera" is a poignant tribute to Sylvia Rivera, an iconic figure in the LGBTQ+ rights movement. This painting captures Rivera’s indomitable spirit and her pivotal role in the Stonewall Uprising, an event she helped spark, marking the beginning of the modern LGBTQ+ liberation movement. Biographical Highlights Sylvia Lee Rivera, born on July 2, 1951, in New York City, became an icon following the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. Rivera, of Puerto Rican and Venezuelan descent, faced a tumultuous early life, including being abandoned by her father and orphaned by her mother’s suicide. Raised by her disapproving grandmother, Rivera was forced to live on the streets and engage in survival sex from a young age. Despite these hardships, she became deeply involved in the LGBTQ+ community and activism, notab