A mural by artist Tanya Wischerath honoring trans women activists was just unveiled on Clarion Alley. And, naturally, someone has already tagged it, because taggers these days don't know better.

The mural features beatific images of youth activist Mia Tu Mutch, recently deceased community advocate Alexis Rivera, Janetta Louise-Johnson, and Tamara Ching.

Wischerath inscribed this dedication on the wall beside the mural:

The Compton's Cafeteria Riot occurred in August 1966 in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. This incident was one of the first recorded transgender riots in United States history, preceding the more famous 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. Although San Francisco continues to lead in the struggle for equal rights for the LGBTQI community, trans women are often left behind and in the fight for visibility. This mural is a dedication to the work of just a few trans activists out of many who have tirelessly committed themselves to paving the way for a more just, accepting, and righteous San Francisco.

And by the time Caitlin Donohue from the SF Bay Guardian had made it to the alley to shoot some photos, there was already a tag on it — and this is an ongoing problem that we've discussed before.

Transgender Day of Remembrance is November 20, btw, and it sounds like the Castro folks have worked out their issues and will fly the Trans Pride flag on that day.