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Florida Gay Teen’s Home Vandalized In Hate Crime


Gay 18-year-old Jesse Jeffers of Florida returned home from a date last week with his boyfriend last to find his home broken into, trashed and covered in hate-filled red  graffiti including swastikas and anti-gay slurs – both inside and outside of the house.

The Pensacola News Journal reports:

The vandalism, which happened between when Jeffers left and returned to his home, was deemed a hate crime by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, because it targets Jeffers’ lifestyle and sexual orientation. There are only a few hate-crime cases reported each year in Santa Rosa, Haines said, calling them a rare occurrence.

The vandals spray-painted a pair of women’s breasts on the trailer’s exterior. Near the door, several derogatory words were spelled out, along with the phrase “God don’t love you,” with a heart taking the place of the word “love.”

Inside, his drapes, fish tank and front room were also tagged, along with another large swastika painted on his ceiling.


The ignorant Pensacola News reporter and editors doesn’t realize that their own language feeds hate like this.

Lets all hope that the criminals are apprehended and that Jesse remains safe and can move forward from this horrible experience.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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