Rainbow Flag Burned at Gay and Lesbian Center


News has been spreading around New York’s gay and lesbian community over the past couple of days that a burned rainbow flag was found outside the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center on 13th Street earlier this week.

LGBT Center Executive Director Glennda Testone wrote on the center’s blog on Wednesday that “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.”

A spokeswoman tells us that the perpetrator who left the burned flag was seen on the center’s security camera, but it is not an image that will easily identify the person. Testone writes, “We are asking anyone who has additional information about this crime to contact the police directly at 1-800-577-TIPS.”

Yesterday, the Anti-Violence Project was putting the word out to its community to be on the lookout for acts of violence. AVP encourages anyone who has been a victim of hate to call their hotline at 212-714-1141.