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Gay Michigan Teen's Home Tagged with Homophobic Graffiti: VIDEO


An openly gay teen in Vienna Township, Michigan, has been targeted with hate graffiti painted on his home, NBC25 reports. The home of 16-year-old Levi Peabody was tagged with an anti-gay slur and an arrow pointed to his bedroom and the family believes that Peabody's classmates are behind it.

“I want the kid that did this to get caught,” says Levi’s mother.

The Peabodys have even installed a security camera in their bedrooms to try and catch the culprits but more importantly to let people know, they will not stand for this.

“I mean it's disgusting,” adds Melanie Peabody.

The Genesee County Sheriff's department says they're working with Clio school officials to identify potential suspects through hand writing samples.

Watch the report, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Another hoax?

    Posted by: Merv | May 2, 2014 12:12:48 PM

  2. But the fundies insist they "love homosexuals!"

    Posted by: Michael | May 2, 2014 12:17:41 PM

  3. Oh, no, it just can't be--these things only happen in the Deep South, as so many Towleroad commenters will tell you, not in "blue" states that border oh-so-enlightened Canada. And they certainly are not committed by young people in such places.....No, it just can't be....

    Posted by: Rick | May 2, 2014 12:25:00 PM

  4. @rick: Exactly.

    Posted by: Raybob | May 2, 2014 12:32:01 PM

  5. There's nothing worse than bored hetero teens.

    Posted by: Mortel | May 2, 2014 12:54:42 PM

  6. Something similar happened at my school to the openly gay kid. They caught the guy who did it and he was a senior on the football team and his dad was a preacher. And he identified as a christian too. Gotta love the compassion of Christianity

    Posted by: Fiat | May 2, 2014 12:56:05 PM

  7. What a brave young man coming forward on camera to speak of this and pursue catching the a hole who did it. Completely admire his courage!

    Posted by: Jordan | May 2, 2014 12:57:18 PM

  8. I agree. I applaud him for coming forward and not just brushing this off. Ignorance like this needs to be exposed so these piece of dirt who did this knows it doesn't go unnoticed and the penalty will be heavy.

    Posted by: Two Dads | May 2, 2014 12:58:17 PM

  9. Anyone who knows anything about the midwest will tell you that Michigan has just as many crazy bigots as any other place.

    Posted by: The Milkman | May 2, 2014 12:59:39 PM

  10. I'm a Chicago native, but my Mom retired to a small town in Michigan. Unless you're in Detroit, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, or Saugatuck (A bit of a gay getaway spot), gay people are completely isolated and surrounded by very Christian, right-wing communities. I wanna send this kid a bus ticket. Even if common decency does prevail here, and it seems it might to some degree - his life must be wracked with despair, every day.

    Posted by: Marty | May 2, 2014 2:09:56 PM

  11. It must be so terrible living in that nasty Putin's Russia. Oh, wait. This happened here in America. Nevermind.

    Posted by: Danny | May 2, 2014 2:30:57 PM

  12. I thought kids only used Facebook these days.

    Posted by: anon | May 2, 2014 3:09:47 PM

  13. Rick,

    While MI votes Democratic in national elections, our state's internal election borders and dynamics are such that both houses of legislature are in the hands of Republicans.

    People are talking of bigger cities here in MI being blue, and it's true. It's true even in Detroit suburbs, though it's gotten better over the last decade here too. Even the last fight in my city (which is quite gay friendly) over the anti-discrimination ordinance got ugly with the usual scare campaign of men using women's bathrooms, religious groups not being able to discriminate, etc. But it has gotten better.

    Outside of that though, MI is filled with religious nutters and conservatives.

    Posted by: Victor | May 3, 2014 4:50:40 AM

  14. Those pseudo Tudor window treatments have to go.

    Posted by: GB | May 3, 2014 11:36:43 AM

  15. Victor, Genese County MI is largely Democrat


    Vienna township is a place of smalltown gossip, drama and drunks.

    Posted by: Kev C | May 3, 2014 3:58:31 PM

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