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PULSE Shooting Memorial in Orlando, FL Vandalized By White Supremacist

PULSE Nightclub Massacre Memorial in Orlando, FL Vandalized By White Supremacist

The Pulse Nightclub Massacre memorial mural on the walls of local LGBT community gathering place in Orlando, FL  The Center has been vandalized and its likely to be the work of the white supremacists group The Patriot Front.

Stickers and leaflets were placed on the mural, covering the Pulse logo.

The Patriot Front is identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “white nationalist hate group.” According to the SPLC, the group was formed in the aftermath of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, and like their not-so-distant cousins the neo-Nazis, they also call for the formation of a white ethnostate.

Orlando Weekly also reported that The Center’s phone lines had been cut. The LGBT aid organization was unable to field calls from those in need during the pandemic.

On June 12, 2016 Omar Mateen opened fire at Pulse Nightclub leaving 49 dead and 53 injured. He later pledged allegiance to ISIS,  saying that the shooting was motivated by Islamic extremism.

Stonewall Inn Window Smashed With Baseball Bat, Teen Charged

Stonewall Inn Window Smashed With Baseball Bat, Teen Charged

The Stonewall Inn known to many as the birth of the gay rights movement had its front window smashed in with a baseball bat early Saturday morning, causing over $7,000 worth of damage to the window and the bar’s iconic Stonewall Inn neon sign, according to the NYPD.

William Gomez, 19, was hanging out in the bar with co-workers when he was thrown out of the legendary Christopher St. bar by a bouncer.

Gomez returned with a baseball bat about 4:30 a.m. and smashed the bar’s window with it, punching holes in the glass and damaging the neon sign that sits in the window.

Gomez’s mother, who declined to give her name, told the Daily News her son isn’t gay and his girlfriend is expecting their child soon. She said he went to the bar with a group of co-workers.

She says her son called her Saturday from the 100 Center Street lockup, claiming a bouncer had punched him in the face before he was thrown out of the bar.

“He said that a bodyguard was messing with one of his co-workers and he told him to stop,” she said. “He then thought the conversation was over but at one point he was punched in the face.”

“He’s a quiet boy,” his mother said. “He doesn’t get into trouble.”

Police sources say he has been arrested several times before. He was charged with assault in Brooklyn last year, was accused of criminal impersonation in 2015 and was arrested on a robbery charge in 2014, the sources said.

Gomez has been charged with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief.

Kansas Rainbow Painted Equality House Defaced with Anti-Gay Graffiti, Riddled with Bullets

Kansas Rainbow Painted Equality House Defaced with Anti-Gay Graffiti, Riddled with Bullets

The rainbow painted Equality House, in Topeka, Kansas right across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church has been attacked with anti-gay graffiti and bullets.

bullet1_dc244ac8b5e0749979773d0ba10d54fc-nbcnews-ux-600-700“Fuk fags” was spray-painted on the side of the house and seven bullet-holes were found in what is the latest attack on Equality House.

Actions taken and threats made against Equality House have reportedly reached a new zenith this year, the third year that Equality House has existed since being opened in 2013.

Recently, an individual who claimed to be a member of the KKK made anti-LGBT threats and a feces and urine were found in Equality House’s resource center.

NBC OUT: 

Aaron Jackson, president of Planting Peace and founder of the Equality House, was inside at the time the house was vandalized on Sunday with spray-paint. He was awoken at around 1:12 a.m. when he heard loud noises coming from outside. He called the police, and once they had arrived, they found the anti-gay slurs on the house. A few days later, seven bullet holes were found on the same side of the home.

This, unfortunately, is just the latest in a recent string of vandalism against Equality House.

“The Equality House has been a target for acts of hate and intolerance that reflect the same experiences our LGBT family face every day,” Jackson said. “Planting Peace frequently receives hate mail and even death threats, but over the past three months we have seen an increase in physical acts of vandalism and violence. While it may seem shocking to some, it’s a heartbreaking reality.”

Dallas TX: Dallas Mayoral Candidate Arrested For Spray-painting “666” On Gay Landmarks

Legacy

 

Richard Sheridan who is running for mayor in Dallas, TX has been  charged with vandalizing 2 gay landmark statues the Legacy of Love Monument (above) and the Cathedral of Hope last June.

The monuments,in the heart of Dallas’ gayborhood, and the church — known as the world’s largest LGBT congregation — were among 12 sites in the city there were vandalized with “the number of the beast” 666 spray-painted  in red paint.

Sheridan  is charged in only two of the incidents. A grand jury indicted Sheridan for a state jail felony, punishable by up to two years behind bars. If prosecutors treat the case as an anti-gay hate crime, the charges could be enhanced to a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The Dallas Morning News reports:

In August, police told The Dallas Morning News that Sheridan was the only person who’d been questioned in the case. Sheridan maintained he didn’t do it: “I’m not guilty, I’m not guilty, I’m not guilty,” he told our Tristan Hallman on August 14 in the lobby of Dallas police headquarters. But Sheridan said he knew who did — and that he agreed with the tags. He also said that despite what police were saying, the tags were “not a hate crime [but] an act of love — and a warning.”

Sheridan, who frequently distributes anti-gay leaflets around Dallas City Hall and has been escorted out of council chambers more than once, took to his Facebook page last summer to admit to having been interviewed twice. He insisted he was merely “representing the person who did it.” In an open letter to Dallas police on August 2, Sheridan claimed that the person who actually tagged the locations “recognizes that there are some in the Gay community, the rabid faction, that wants vengence [sic], wants a ‘scalp’, wants to hang him out to dry, wants to send a message across Dallas and the Nation that (if they get their way) this is what will happen to anyone who dares to call out the immorality of the Gay lifestyle, to reference the Bible in saying that the Gay community is violating Gods laws.”

 

Gay Couple Strike Back With Wit & Wisdom After The Word “Faggots” Is Scratched On Their Door

Faggots scratched on door

 

A gay couple in the United Kingdom  crafted a wonderful response to a homophobic vandal who scratched the word “Faggots” into their front door this holiday season.

They removed the vandalism and stuck an hilarious note in its place aimed at the bigot.

It read:

‘We regret to inform you that you completely failed to use glitter paint and/or sequins, your work looked rushed, and your handwriting was positively atrocious.

‘It is for these reasons that we had to remove your work from our door with sandpaper.

‘Fabulously yours,

The Gays in Apt. 611.’

Brava boys!  Brava!

Physically Handicapped Man In MN Arrested For Vandalizing Gay Friendly Church 4 Times!

Llyod The Loon

Lloyd Roseland of Maple Grove, Minnesota has been arrested for vandalizing the gay-friendly Pilgrims United Church of Christ four times since May.

Lloyd is wheelchair bound.

CBS Minneapolis reports:

Around June 2, eggs had been thrown at the building, and the words “Church of Sodom” and “Church of Gomorrah Lev 18:2″ were written on each side of the entrance to the church in black marker. The church pastor said the bible verses were meant to be against homosexuals.

Another bible verse was written on the church on June 8, and on June 30, “Gay Pride? No! Shameful Sodomites! Jude 7. Love cult! Matt 7:21-23″ was scrawled in black crayon on each side of the doorway. Handcuffs also locked the entry way door, and egg yolk was dripping on the entry way glass and sidewalk.

On July 26, authorities placed a camera on the outside of the church, and on July 28, the establishment was egged and vandalized again.

After examining videotape, police questioned Roseland, who is wheelchair-bound, about the incidents. Roseland confessed to the crimes. The station says he told police that “any church that recognizes gays can be married in the eyes of God is not a church but a cult” and that’s why he did it.

Perhaps Llyod should have read a bit further into the book of Leviticus about who is really welcome or not in a church if he wants to be so literal.

Leviyicus 21:18 

“For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous.”

Rolling, rolling, rolling. Keep that faux-christian hate rolling…..  RAWHIDE!

 

Hate Crimes Against New Orleans Gay Activists Caught On Tape – Video

New orleans Hate crime

John Hill and John Weimer, Jr., two prominent New Orleans gay activists have become victims of anti-gay vandalism in New Orleans.  But in this case surveillance cameras on Saturday night caught  a man stealing the Pride flag from in front of their historic district home and spray paining the word “fags” on their front door.

New Orleans Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying him.

The Times Picayune reports:

The video, filmed from a neighboring gallery, shows a van parking directly in front of Hill’s townhouse in historic Julia Row, in the 600 block of Julia Street. A man emerges, walks to the rear of the van and pulls down a ladder. He walks to the sidewalk, sets the ladder in place, climbs up it and tears the flag from Hill’s second-story balcony. He puts the flag and the ladder in the van.

Then, instead of leaving, the man re-emerges holding a can of spray paint. He sprays an anti-gay slur on a shutter before getting back in the van and driving away.

Said Hill after the crime; “I thought what an idiot. He thinks he’s intimidating me, well, you got the wrong gay fella. I’m just doubling down now.”

McKinney, Texas Woman’s Obama/Biden Sign Vandalized, Called Ni**er Lover

Cassy Zobel of McKinney, Texas has been the target of harassment by a deranged Republican who vandalized her Obama/Biden re-election yard sign with the message: “N*GGER LOVER — Obama Sucks Dick!”

The back side of the sign was covered with, “Romney & Ryan: Christian. White. Anti-Gay. Republicans Rule!”

My next door neighbor rang my doorbell this morning and showed me my sign, which he had kindly removed from the ground,” Cassy told blogger Egberto Willies. “We have at least 4 African American families living on this street. I’m so offended, not just because whoever did this is ignorant and misinformed and trespassed and vandalized my sign, but infinitely more for my neighbors who might have driven by and seen it.”

“I support the President because he believes in all people, he prefers diplomacy to bombs, and he is part of the party of inclusion, not exclusion,” she explained. “I support him because he believes that food and medicine for our kids shouldn’t be put on the table for cuts before tax breaks for big corporations. I support him because he supports my right to determine what I do with my body and what my daughter someday chooses to do with hers.”

In a posting on her blog on Friday Cassie wrote:

“I find it interesting that our little suburban city was just named the 2nd best place to live in America,” Cassy noted. “I suppose there should have been a caveat. ‘Best Place to Live If You’re A Bigoted White, Christian, Anti-Gay Person Who Doesn’t Support Our First African-American President And Hates Everyone Who Does.’ That was probably too long a title, though.”

Helpful Hint From Heloise on how to keep your Obama/Biden sign vandal-free on your property: Get one pair of rubber gloves, a facemask, goggles and a can of pepper spray and spray sign liberally.

Works everytime.

Gay Couple Suing Houston Airport After Their Personal Items Were Vandalized

A gay couple from Norfolk, Virginia, are suing the George Bush International Airport in Houston, TX, after their dildo sex toy was taken out of their luggage. They also report a suspicious lubricant like substance smeared on the sex toy, and then the dildo was taped on top of the couple’s luggage when they picked up their luggage in their hometown of Norfolk. The couple are seeking an unspecified monetary amount for damage to their property, the following negligence of the airport, and the emotional distress brought on by the traumatizing ordeal.

In May of last year, the couple reported they were humiliated as passengers and onlookers laughed at the sex toy being on display in front of everyone and called their friends from the traumatic and embarrassing experience. Here is an excerpt of the court papers filed yesterday describing of the encounter in detail:

On May 21, 2011, Plaintiff’s a homosexual couple, were returning from vacation on a flight provided by Defendants United Continental Holdings, Inc., and Continental Airlines, Inc. (collectively referred to as “Continental”) from Costa Rica to Norfolk, Virginia—-After going through Customs, Plaintiffs rechecked their bags, and proceeded to board their flight to Norfolk. Upon arriving in Norfolk, Plaintiffs exited the aircraft and went to the baggage claim area. Plaintiffs’ bags were sent to the baggage carousel where Plaintiffs discovered to their horror, that a private sex toy had been removed from one of their bags, covered with a greasy foul-smelling substance, and taped prominently to the top of their bag.

Plaintiffs experienced extreme shock and horror when they observed the above described bag and when observing the surprised and/or laughing faces of numerous onlookers in the baggage claim area. Plaintiffs were experiencing such a high degree of shock and embarrassment that they felt compelled to call two friends to come to the airport to assist them. Fortunately, the friends arrived and were able to assist Plaintiffs out of the airport and to their home, but by that time the damage had already been done, and Plaintiffs had suffered severe emotional trauma.

…It was one or more of Defendants’ employees that searched through Plaintiffs’ private items contained in their bag with no feasible basis, removed the sex toy, defiled the sex toy, and taped it on display with the intent to inflict extreme emotional distress and mental anguish upon Plaintiffs. Because of the fact that the sex toy was contained in the bag of a male, and because the employee(s) responsible knew that the bag belonged to a male due to the name tag attached to the bag and the male clothing contained in the bag, there is a high likelihood that these egregious actions were directed towards Plaintiffs because they are homosexual and because they are males.

Also note that the zipper of the luggage bag the sex toy was placed on was still working when it was recovered by the couple. So the airport can’t claim that the zipper had suffered some form of  “malfunction” during the flight from Houston to Norfolk.

What made matters even worse is the response (or rather lack thereof) from the airport. The couple didn’t hear a response from the airport to their complaint until 2 days after the 10 day deadline for a response to incidents involving customers and their response simply read that they’d look into it.  Ridiculous. I hope the couple is compensated for the experience they had to endure.

Gay Night Club In Utah Attacked With “Flaming Projectiles”

A popular Gay Bar, JAM, in Salt Lake City, Utah was attacked in the early hours of Thursday morning with what is described as ‘flaming projectiles’. Fernando Noriega,  gave a detailed report of the incident:

“So we had at least 30 to 40 people here,”Everybody’s congregated to about here. All the tables were set up. It was very busy. All the sudden we saw something bright,–I thought they were fireworks on the floor. Out of a group of 30 people, all of those flares to be hitting at the same time we don’t know how, everyone was very lucky. As soon as they saw us and we shouted at them they just went screeching down Beck Street.”

 Nearby neighbor, Regan Mower, also saw the attempted attack and reported:

“Then I saw two or three flare or firework looking things flying over the patio at JAM.At first I just thought it was a practical joke, Then I saw people screaming and running inside. Even from here you can’t miss the fact there’s lots of people there. You can hear the people; see the people so you know there are people in there. It was definitely malicious. They definitely knew what they were doing.”

Noriega,who is also the  founder of THEGAYHOTSPOT.COM, gave a detailed description of the suspects along with the suspected vehicle used to escape the scene of the crime in his blog. No one was seriously hurt in the attack and the flames were extinguished fairly easily.

It also was reported that the suspects were unable to even deter patrons at JAM from their karaoke night. Noriega then climbed the fence, saw the three assailants and along with patrons from the club chase down the assailants unsuccessfully.The suspects are described as Caucasian, males, with “blonde shaggy” hair that appear to be in their “late teens to early 20s driving a maroon Pontiac Grand AM”.

This is the second time in the past week that Utah has experienced some from of vandalism involving LGBT. In the neighboring town of Provo Utah, a terminal traffic sign was altered reading “God Hates Gays” at a construction site.