Thursday, April 22, 2010

NYC LGBT Center: Torched Flag

NYC gay rights supporters gathered in the West Village Wednesday to rally against the recent torching of a gay pride flag which was discovered burnt and damaged outside the LGBT community center on the morning of April 14th. The following statement concerning the incident was issued on the center's website by Ececutive Director, Glennda Testone:
As many of you know, on the morning of April 14, 2010 the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center staff arrived to find a torched rainbow flag draped on the front of our building. This act of hate must not be tolerated! Actions like this are menacing to our community and, if not addressed, can lead to an environment that allows more heinous acts, such as verbal attacks, property damage and physical violence. Showing our solidarity now will empower our community and send a message to the public that we will not be intimidated or threatened.
Cowardly acts of hateful speech must be responded to with acts of courage and unity.
As investigation on the crime by the New York City police continues, LGBT center officials alongside partnering organizations have peaceably combated the act by unveiling a larger pride flag to drape the center's frontside wall. Below is footage documenting the new flag's unveiling along with commentary from city officials and LGBT center staff:

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