Staffers at the NYC LGBT Community Center in Manhattan’s West Village found a burned and torn rainbow flag affixed to their front wall this morning. Executive director Glennda Testone:
“This morning our building staff arrived and discovered a burned rainbow flag hanging on one of the poster display cases outside our building. We called the NYPD, and they immediately dispatched detectives from the hate crimes unit and our local precinct. They are currently investigating the crime. We at the Center will not stand for anyone who thinks they can come into our community and try to intimidate us. We work hard to create a safe environment and provide a safe space for all LGBT New Yorkers. Hate and intolerance against us will not be accepted in New York, and it is so important the Center is a safe space in our city. It is sad that such incidents still happen in this day and age, but we appreciate the NYPD and especially the hate crimes unit doing everything they can to ensure the safety of all LGBT people in New York.”
Testone reports that the perpetrator was captured on the Center’s security camera, but she encourages anybody with additional information to call the NYPD at 1-800-577-TIPS.