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    Wave of Vandalism, Violence Hits LGBTQ Centers Across Nation

    This is extremely disturbing. So far, nothing has happened here in Chicago at the Center on Halsted. If it does, the perps better beware. We won't put up with it.

    When Ruby Corado arrived at her office on Sunday, she found broken glass everywhere, a door ripped off its frame and a shaken staffer.

    Corado told NBC News a man had burst into Casa Ruby the Washington, D.C. drop-in center and advocacy organization for transgender women she founded in 2004 and demolished a door and physically attacked a trans woman working at the center.

    Casa Ruby, located in Washington, D.C., was vandalized and a staff member assaulted two days after Mayor Muriel Bowser reported a 100 percent increase in hate crimes against the transgender community. Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center
    "He grabbed something and threw it at her. It hit her on the arm. Then [he] walked toward her and said, 'I'm gonna kill you, faggot,'" Corado said. "Everyone was trying to control him. He goes to the door and leaves, then a brick comes flying through the door from the outside."

    This is the third time in just two weeks that men have come to Casa Ruby to harass and attack the transgender women that meet there for support and companionship. And D.C. is not the only city to see its local LGBTQ community center hit by violence or vandalism in recent weeks.

    In February and March, a spate of hate incidents occurred at LGBTQ community centers and similar venues across the nation, in a trend that has gone underreported.

    On March 6, a drive-by shooting targeted the Tulsa, Oklahoma headquarters of Oklahomans for Equality. The very next day, a man entered the center harassing and threatening staff, reportedly saying "I wish you all would die." The center's executive director, Toby Jenkins, told The Tulsa World it was the most serious incident he'd seen in 12 years.

    LGBTQ community centers in Los Angeles and Milwaukee were hit with hate graffiti in February, with workers in L.A. arriving to see "F**k Trannies" spray-painted across the walls. Milwaukee's Diverse & Resilient center was covered in paint reading "Fag."

    The vandalism incidents do not appear to be connected to each other, but several similar attacks occurred at LGBTQ nonprofit offices, bars and at schools.

    Churchgoers in New Orleans were startled on Sunday morning when a brick flew through a stained-glass window. Members of the LGBTQ-affirming First Unitarian Church had held a widely publicized town hall on anti-transgender violence less than 48 hours prior to the attack. Rev. Deanna Vandiver told The Times-Picayune the town hall may have "stirred up hate mongering."

    The offices of New Jersey's Garden State Equality and Orlando's Equality Florida were both vandalized about a week apart. On February 24, someone smashed the windows at Equality Florida, and two men kicked at the front door of Garden State Equality until it shattered on March 4.

    Last Wednesday, police arrested an Indiana man they said threatened to carry out a Pulse-style shooting at a local gay bar. Police said the man entered Olly's Bar in Indianapolis and told an employee, "I'm going to hold all of you hostage." He also told police he had a Glock, a machete and a derringer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leekohler2 View Post
    This is extremely disturbing. So far, nothing has happened here in Chicago at the Center on Halsted. If it does, the perps better beware. We won't put up with it.



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    Rising tide of hate across the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Rising tide of hate across the country.
    It would appear that the crazies feel emboldened.
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    What are you going to do if it happens there?

    Hunt them down and do what?

    Set an example maybe?
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    Hopefully, what they will do is hand the perpetrators over to the authorities who will prosecute them in accordance with the laws. Besides it is Chicago. It isn't like they will be armed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Hopefully, what they will do is hand the perpetrators over to the authorities who will prosecute them in accordance with the laws. Besides it is Chicago. It isn't like they will be armed.
    That's not what it sounded like to me.

    Sounds like Chicago will do some vigilante justice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Hopefully, what they will do is hand the perpetrators over to the authorities who will prosecute them in accordance with the laws. Besides it is Chicago. It isn't like they will be armed.
    You didn't read the article. None of this happened in Chicago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leekohler2 View Post
    You didn't read the article. None of this happened in Chicago.
    But if it did you wouldn't stand for it.

    What did you mean by that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leekohler2 View Post
    You didn't read the article. None of this happened in Chicago.
    No shit! You didn't read the thread. A specific poster said that if it happened in Chicago they were going to take some action. Read the thread before posting dumb shit, oh right, it was you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leekohler2 View Post
    you didn't read the article. None of this happened in chicago.
    roflmao

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