From thousands of submissions, 8 American Portrait stories were brought to life by muralists translating the words of everyday people to communities across America. In Atlanta, we collaborated with artist Jon Key to create a mural inspired by the story of Lesley R.
Jon was inspired to create this mural based on his experience growing up in the South and Lesley R's sentiment “I am not invisible.”
“This mural is inspired by my time growing up in The South and my close friends from high school that were like my brothers – my chosen family. We were inseparable, connected by an unspoken truth not known to us at the time. Our friendship became a support system, and as we began to understand our queerselves more clearly, a bond that reminded us we were not alone, not invisible, and safe together. We have now all moved across the country, but I am reminded how we are still intertwined and connected after all these years."
— Jon Key