On Sunday homophobic slurs were painted on Orlando’s LGBT Center and a nearby gay-owned business.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Community Center of Central Florida — more commonly known as The Center — and a second nearby gay-owned business were targeted by vandals who spray painted with a swastika and the words “Gay Pawer,” “Die Fags,” “Go To Hell” and other homophobic slurs. Damage to the two buildings is estimated to be over $1,000. The Center is currently working to cover the messages on the building to deter additional damage. “We feel this act is clearly homophobic and transphobic in nature,” said Michael Vance, executive director of The Center. “It is meant to invoke fear in our community; however, we will not act in fear and we will not close our doors. This act illustrates how our services are still badly needed throughout the Central Florida and we will come out stronger and more united as a community.”
The Center is raising funds to install surveillance cameras.