HRC, Other LGBT Rights Organizations Evacuated After Bomb Threat; NOM 'First to Denounce' It

The Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and other LGBT organizations in Washington D.C. were evacuated around noon today after a bomb threat, MetroWeekly reports:

HrcAccording to Fred Sainz, HRC's vice president for communications, the Los Angeles Police Department received an unspecified bomb threat against a ''national gay rights organization,'' which led the LAPD to notify the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department of the threat, which subsequently notified HRC and others.

An HRC email to staff quickly circulated among other groups, such as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Black Justice Coalition and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

''In the utmost of caution we are evacuating the building so that the police can conduct a sweep using the bomb-sniffing dogs,'' that email, sent at 11:58 a.m., read in part. ''We need everyone to leave the building until further notice. We estimate that this will take at least an hour.''

The National Organization for Marriage denounced the threats in a blog post:

Apparently, the D.C. Police received a report of a potential bomb threat to the Human Rights Campaign and possibly other groups in DC. We want to be the first to denounce any threat against the person or property of any gay marriage advocate, including HRC. America should not be a place where people are afraid to voice their views on marriage whether pro or con.

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  1. The interesting thing is that NOM denounced the threat before it was even called into the LAPD.

    Posted by: Oliver | May 15, 2012 2:32:36 PM


  2. Hmm..looks like the good "Christians" are at it again...

    Posted by: Jim Stone | May 15, 2012 2:34:05 PM


  3. KKKristers! Here we go kids. Roe v Wade endured similar threats and violence. I truly hope no one is hurt (on either side).

    Posted by: Geoff | May 15, 2012 2:52:38 PM


  4. Really, Oliver? Well in that case, skepticism abounds regarding their "denouncement".

    We are winning, bigots know it, and things like this are a result. Can't let the ignorant shake us up or bring us down. Hopefully everyone does remain safe and that extra measures are taken these next days to ensure that there is no follow up on this bomb threat.

    Posted by: Francis | May 15, 2012 3:00:37 PM


  5. Feel the Christian love

    Posted by: Steve | May 15, 2012 3:01:36 PM


  6. OLIVER, as you can see from this article and the link to NOM's blog post, that isn't true. I hate NOM but lies aren't going to do us any favours.

    Posted by: DanSwon | May 15, 2012 3:03:20 PM


  7. Hmmm, I wonder if NOM used the same phone line to denounce the threat that they used to make the threat in the first place?

    Just kidding, but then again I wouldn't be much surprised if it turned out to be true.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 15, 2012 3:06:24 PM


  8. Bomb threats are a dime a dozen,folks. I was facilities manager for one of the top offices in the U.S. for a major financial corporation, and threats by phone and snail mail were very common.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 15, 2012 3:25:44 PM


  9. The LAPD? Why would someone call the LAPD for bomb threats in DC, Oliver?

    Posted by: Sanderson Pooper | May 15, 2012 3:31:18 PM


  10. Did they really evac the building via email?

    Posted by: BS | May 15, 2012 3:38:45 PM


  11. I haven't the slightest doubt that Mrs. Srivasta made the threat herself.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 15, 2012 3:48:46 PM


  12. Pro and Con? That's not quite true.

    Anyway, does HRC have a position on gay marriage?? They don't seem to do anything about it, pro or con.

    Posted by: anon | May 15, 2012 4:02:52 PM


  13. NOM did what all patriotic Americans should always do and that is to denounce violence or threat of violence as having no place in our democray.

    Posted by: andrew | May 15, 2012 9:58:04 PM


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