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Meet Shirien Damra, The Palestinian Illustrator Behind Our New Cover

Shirien Damra, a Palestinian refugee artist, activist, and cancer survivor, helped spark a digital movement. For the September/October issue of The Advocate, Damra beautifully illustrated a group of queer activsts marching for Black Lives.

Here, the artist explains what fuels her creative process. RELATED: In Our Shoes: A Roundtable On Black Queer Power By Patrisse CullorsTell us about the inspiration behind the cover. The inspiration comes from my deep admiration I have for the queer and trans people in my life, who know what it’s like to be marginalized and show up in such beautiful and profound ways for social justice, challenging the boxes that society tries to confine us all in.

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