More than 45% of LGBT+ youth face physical violence and harassment due to their sexual orientation and more than 25% are forced out of their homes. The exhibit features artwork created by several members of Zebra Coalition, as well as LGBT+ supporters from around the nation.
More than 45% of LGBT+ youth face physical violence and harassment due to their sexual orientation, and more than 25% are forced out of their homes. As Central Florida’s only organization providing a full range of services to LGBT+ youth, Zebra Coalition® supports and serves those marginalized children and young adults, many of whom experience difficult life experiences, including homelessness, emotional and physical abuse and disownment from their families.
The exhibit features artwork created by members of Zebra Coalition, as well as LGBT+ supporters from around the nation. The self-portraits, interactive displays and other art pieces encourage hope, peace, faith and resilience in the face of adversity. The well known “heART” piece, previously displayed at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, encapsulates the purpose of this exhibit.
Also available for viewing are pieces from the Orlando Public Library’s Paint Strong Orlando collection, with original works created in response to the tragedy at Pulse nightclub and materials donated by art store and Pulse supporter, Sam Flax. In conjunction with Zebra Coalition, the gallery’s goal is to raise awareness about LGBT+ struggles by showcasing this powerful combination of artwork.