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Costa Coffee has responded to online backlash against a mural depicting a person with top surgery scars, created for Pride last year.

The artwork was designed for the store’s Brighton and Hove branch, depicting a trans-masculine person with chest scars denoting top surgery.

An image of the mural has now resurfaced a year later and is rapidly circulating in transphobic circles on Twitter.

James Esses, a former Childline volunteer, sparked the discourse after accusing Costa of “glorifying irreversible surgery performed on healthy breasts of women for a mental health condition.”

A spokesperson from the coffee chain has since defended mural.

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“At Costa Coffee we celebrate the diversity of our customers, team members and partners,” a separate statement from Costa Coffee explained to ITV News.

“We want everyone that interacts with us to experience the inclusive environment that we create, to encourage people to feel welcomed, free and unashamedly proud to be themselves.”

“The mural, in its entirety, showcases and celebrates inclusivity.”

Other writers have stood by Costa on the platform.

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