LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Police in Las Cruces, N.M. are investigating an act of vandalism that occurred at the LGBT community center.
According to a spokesperson at the center, an unknown person heaved a gear shaft from an automobile transmission, smashing one of the…
Antigay slurs written on dormitory doors at Meadville, Pa.’s Allegheny College — twice in one week— have prompted hundreds of students to march across campus to call attention to homophobia.
Marches, led by a campus group called Queers ‘n Allies, happened last week, with students standing outside in near freezing temperatures. Allegheny College president James Mullen says an investigation into the crimes is ongoing.
A man arrested Feb. 8 in Long Beach, Calif., has been charged with felony vandalism with a special allegation for a hate crime after allegedly targeting businesses catering to the LGBT community.
Officials at the Long Beach Police Department say Oliver Rodrich Saintvictor, 23, of Rancho Palos Verdes, smashed windows at three separate businesses miles apart on December 17, 2010. The first two were gay- and lesbian-owned establishments in Long Beach, while the third was “a similar type of business in Redondo Beach with similar circumstances,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Police say the suspect and vehicle descriptions in all three incidents were linked to Saintvictor.
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On Tuesday a lesbian couple from Vonore, Tenn., filed a suit against their neighbor, claiming the neighbor was responsible for the fire that destroyed their home in September.
Other charges, according to WBIR.com, include “trespassing and conversion, intentional infliction of emotional distress and malicious harassment.”
Since they moved into the house in June of 2005, Carol Ann and Laura Stutte say the neighbor has continuously threatened and terrorized them. Police reports support the women’s claims, even though no arrests were ever made.
On one occasion, the couple alleges, the neighbor told them,
“The only thing better than one dead queer is two dead queers.” Court documents even state that the neighbor repeatedly threatened to poison the couple’s dogs and that one of the animals died after being lured into the neighbor’s yard and fed meat.
After deciding last August 2010 to sell the home, the Stuttes went away on vacation the following month and were notified by fire officials that their house had burned down. Upon returning, they discovered their trailer had been vandalized and the “queers” had been painted on the side of their garage.
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This sign in front of the Hollywood United Methodist Church, arguably Los Angeles’ most pro-gay and accepting church (known for the giant AIDS ribbon adorned to the facade), was ripped by vandals, who removed the word “equality” from the 12-foot banner on Sunday night.
Though “This church supports marriage” still says basically the same thing.
Police in Vancouver, Canada, are investigating the possibility of hate-motivated vandalism following damage to distribution boxes for the gay Canadian newspaper Xtra.
According to The Globe and Mail, no other publication boxes were vandalized, and a police spokeswoman said the damage against Xtra looks “targeted.”
“She said police are hoping surveillance video will provide some clues,” reported The Globe and Mail. “The newspaper boxes were primarily damaged in the city’s downtown core between Dec. 25 and Dec. 29. In most of the cases, the glass door was smashed.”
A senior manager for the newspaper said the vandalism would cost the free publication about $3,000. Xtra boxes were targeted in Ottawa in 2006 at a cost of more than $10,000.
A Harvard University dean says damage to three dozen books on gay and lesbian issues that appeared to have been doused in urine in a campus library was simply an accident.
Campus police were investigating the incident that occurred Nov. 24 and reported Friday as a hate crime.
Dean Evelynn Hammonds told The Crimson student newspaper Monday that an investigation determined that a library worker found a bottle of what appeared to be urine on a shelf in the Lamont Library and accidentally spilled it.
It remains unclear what a bottle of urine was doing in a library.
The 36 books worth several thousand dollars will be replaced.
Harvard College Queer Students and Allies co-chairman Marco Chan expressed relief that the damage was not an act of homophobia.