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It’s hard not to smile when looking at Rae Senarighi’s work. The self-described “champion of storytelling through art,” who is transgender and nonbinary, uses bold colors and rainbow hues to depict accurate, celebratory representation of the trans community. You may have seen his larger-than-life portraits of trans and nonbinary figures at Edgewood and Madison colleges, in Gib’s Bar and Giant Jones Brewing Co. or in the mayor’s office. Here’s a look at how this Madison artist inspires self-compassion and activism through art.

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Photo courtesy of Rae Senarighi

Early Adversity

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Photo courtesy of Rae Senarighi

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Progress Pride flag on State Street (Photo by Mark Rasdorf)