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UC Davis LGBT Resource Center Hit by Anti-Gay Graffiti Vandals

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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center at the University of California Davis was hit by homophobic vandals on Friday night. They tagged the entrance to the center with a variety of anti-gay slurs.

In a letter to the campus community, the center explained that they asked the school not to clean it up:

"This vicious hate crime demonstrates the need for community centers like ours to exist in order to offer a safe space on campus and combat the homophobia, discrimination, and hate that is still prevalent within our society. As a center we wanted not to immediately remove the vandalism in order to ensure that this hate crime does not go unnoticed by the campus community. Facilities and administration offered to clean it up immediately but we wanted to take this opportunity to educate the campus about struggles that our community continues to face. We feel it is easier to erase physical representations of violence than to heal from the ongoing impacts of this hatred. Erasing it makes it possible to avoid believing these things happen on our campus. We want to work towards a healing resolution."

CBS 13 notes that it's the latest in a string of hate incidents on UC campuses: "A Jewish UC Davis student found a swastika carved into her dorm room door late last week, and a series of racially-charged incidents -- started by an off-campus party mocking urban stereotypes -- have sparked an outcry at UC San Diego."

UC Davis officials are planning a town hall meeting today to address the incident.

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  1. I noticed it says Cal Bears on the doors . . . As a UC Berkeley Alum (Cal) I'm pretty annoyed that these fucks would use my school's name in their douchebaggery.

    Posted by: jay | Mar 1, 2010 9:38:28 AM


  2. Leaving the graffiti up, and turning it into a public statement, was a stroke of genius on somebody's part.

    Very clever.

    Posted by: JAMES in Toronto | Mar 1, 2010 9:53:18 AM


  3. Straight folks are weird.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 1, 2010 10:47:40 AM


  4. My takeaway from the "Cal Bears" tag is that there might be a connection between sports fans and homophobic graffiti.

    In the part of the world I study (ex-Yugoslavia) sports fan clubs are usually at the heart of anti-gay violent attacks, like the mobs that attack gay pride parades.

    One more reason I feel justified in being indifferent to team sports.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Mar 1, 2010 10:53:29 AM


  5. @ Kevinvt | Mar 1, 2010 10:53:29 AM

    What would one expect from a group of men for whom the heights of ecstacy are achieved by chasing a ball out in a field.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 1, 2010 11:07:43 AM


  6. KevinVT-

    But UC-Davis does not even compete on the same level with Berkeley in terms of collegiate athletics; the only other UC school that does, I believe, is UCLA (other than a few isolated sports).

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 1, 2010 11:39:25 AM


  7. Nothing better to do? Probably were so drunk they went back to their frat houses, sucked each other off and then, "...don't remember anything from last night, Bro."

    Posted by: DEREK WASHINGTON | Mar 1, 2010 12:02:27 PM


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