Gay Pride Flag Stolen, Flagpole Vandalized at University of Maine


This week the University of Maine kicked off its annual LGBTQ Pride Week with the raising of a rainbow flag in the school's mall. Shortly thereafter, someone bent the flag pole, ripped off the flag, and stole it, The Maine Campus reports:

According to a post from group member and fifth-year psychology student Charles Chapin on the “Announcements & Alerts” folder of the university’s FirstClass network, there [was] another flag-raising ceremony at 12 p.m. Tuesday.

“This act of vandalism, at first, may seem like some drunken joke. The truth of the matter is that whether or not the perpetrators know this, this is an attack on a group of students and an entire community,” Chapin wrote. “Please come out and show everyone that UMaine will not stand for this type of intolerance. We hope to see you all there.”

The flag is raised for one week during every semester — in the fall for “Coming Out Week” and in the spring for Pride Week.


  1. Pete n SFO says

    “The flag is raised for one week during every semester — in the fall for “Coming Out Week” and in the spring for Pride Week,”

    Don’t want to overdo it, do we?

    Maybe they could spring for a second flag pole?

  2. Andrew F says

    Something similar happened at my undergrad university here in Ontario — twice. The police and university’s response? “Maybe it was a queer student who wanted the flag for themselves.”

  3. Bob R says

    Fascinating the level of hate and stupidity being displayed almost routinely on American college campuses lately. Maybe our nation needs fewer colleges and better students? Education may help to overcome ignorance, but you just can’t fix stupid. And we have a lot of stupid in this country, both on and off college campuses.

  4. Hollywood, CA says

    You have to be 100% closeted and so afraid someone would find out that pulling down that flag seemed the only correct option. Like that would make you the LEAST gay… when actually, it makes you the most. To whoever knows the person who innitiated that, he’s a c*c*-smoker for sure!

  5. Francis says

    May be hate, may just be stupid kids thinking that they are funny to cause ruckus. In any case, it’s not funny whatsoever, and I hope the people who committed this act are caught.

  6. christopher says

    I can’t figure out why cameras are not trained on these displays immediately after putting them up. Once, just once, I’d like to see these vandals (assholes) caught red-handed regardless if it’s a stupid frat-boy joke or not, and see someone get expelled and held accountable for their actions. I guess we just don’t bother anymore.

  7. says

    The fact that it happened before should of been considered. Like flying the flag from the roof of the main campus building.The person or persons who committed this act, may have thought that the Flag was some kind of trophy. It is not, and should be thought of for what it is… a symbol of Gay Pride. I recommend, for next year Gay Pride Flag armbands be given to all students and faculty to show their respect for fellow gays on campus by wearing them during PRIDE WEEK.