The staff at New York City's historic Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center arrived at work this morning and discovered to their shock a burned rainbow flag outside the building, reports Executive Director Glennda Testone:
"We called the NYPD, and they immediately dispatched detectives from the hate crimes unit and our local precinct. We also contacted the Anti-Violence Project, and the crime is currently under investigation. We at the Center strive everyday to be a safe space for our community and a beacon of inclusion and hope for the entire city. It is sad that these incidents still happen in this day and age, but rest assured we will do everything in our power to make sure our community is safe. Most importantly, we will not stand for anyone who thinks they can come to the Center and try to intimidate us. Hate and intolerance against LGBT New Yorkers will not be accepted, and we as a community must stand strong and together in the face of these hateful incidents."
Testone says the Center's video surveillance captured images of the suspects. But anyone with additional information is urged to call the NYPD at 1-800-577-TIPS.