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Kentucky LGBT Activist Chris Hartman's Car Damaged, Defaced with Swastika During ACLU/Fairness Campaign Dinner

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During the Kentucky Fairness Campaign's annual dinner with the ACLU on Friday night at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman's car was the target of an apparent hate crime, WFPL reports:

CarFairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman left at about 11:30 p.m. and discovered that his car parked near the Ali Center had been sideswiped while parked on the street—the mirror damaged, the side dented and scratched. He called Louisville Metro Police to file an accident report.

Officers noticed more. A swastika was drawn in black marker on a Fairness bumper sticker. Two Obama campaign stickers were defaced, too—"F--- You" written on one and devil horns and fangs written drawn on Obama's face on the other.

Police are investigating it as a hate crime, Hartman said Sunday in a teleconference call. He plans to contact the Kentucky Human Rights Commission and may also file a hate crime report.

There's no way of knowing whether the vandalism was targeted at him in his capacity as one of Kentucky's leading activists for LGBTQ issues, Hartman said.

On Friday, Governor Steve Beshear vetoed a bill that would have protected the rights of businesses to discriminate against gays based on releigious beliefs. The ACLU earlier this month had expressed concern that the bill might be used to undermine existing LGT Fairness protections for individuals covered by local statutes in Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Vicco, Kentucky.

The Fairness Campaign is now urging its followers to: Leave a message for "House Leadership" & "My Rep" to UPHOLD #HB279 VETO! 800.372.7181


Gay Couple Denied Use of Banquet Facility in Fort Worth, Texas Finds 'Burn Fag' Painted on Their Fence

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Over the weekend, Steve reported on a gay Texas couple who were told by a gay banquet facility outside of Fort Worth that they would not hold their wedding reception.

Allen_hudginsBen Allen and Justin Ryan Hudgins found “Burn FAG” spray-painted in black across their fence last night, the Dallas Voice reports:

The couple lives in Everman, a town in Tarrant County located southeast of I-35W and I-20, less than 10 miles from Downtown Fort Worth. Allen said it happened sometime after 7 p.m. last night. Everman police were called and promised extra patrols in the neighborhood for the next month.

The couple has been together eight years and bought the house two years ago. They haven’t had trouble in the past. Hudgins’s mother lives four blocks up the street. The daughter of the town’s mayor lives on their block. After police took the report, Allen said they covered the graffiti with a blanket because there’s an elementary school across the street.

Allen told the Voice that they had been receiving homophobic threats on Facebook following media reports about the discrimination they had faced.


Boston Law School LGBT Group Vandalized with Vulgar Graffiti

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The office of the Lambda Law Students Association at Boston Law School was vandalized over the weekend by someone eager to demonstrate the breadth of their potty mouth vocabulary, Above the Law's David Lat reports.

One Lambda Law member told the blog that it isn't the first time: "This seems to indicate a systemic issue that the undergraduate body has with racism and homophobia, as opposed to a reflection on the law school’s students or administration. I have never encountered anything but openness and acceptance at BCLS and refuse to believe that this recent incident was committed by a member of our community."

Dean Vincent D. Rougeau released a statement:

The cowardly act of vandalism that was discovered this morning is reprehensible and runs counter to everything we stand for as a law school. We are working closely with the Boston College and Newton Police in the hope of resolving the matter, which occurred over the weekend in an unlocked room in an unlocked building. I have attached a copy of letter that I have distributed to all members of the BC community.


California Man Faces Felony Hate Crime Charge After Tagging Berkeley Campus with Anti-Gay Graffiti

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A 23-year-old Southern California man has been charged after tagging buildings and a tree on the UC Berkeley Campus with anti-gay graffiti, the Oakland Tribune reports:

Anthony Garcia of Huntington Park was booked on a hate crime charge after officers caught him following a foot chase on Saturday night. During the chase, police said Garcia fell and cut his forehead. Garcia is not enrolled as a student at UC Berkeley, police said. Police said Garcia, and another suspect who got away, spray painted the graffiti on La Ka Shing Center for Biomedical Sciences, Mulford Hall and a campus tree.


Windows Smashed at San Francisco GLBT Historical Society

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The San Francisco GLBT Historical Society writes:

Two windows at The GLBT History Museum were smashed in an act of vandalism around 4:45 a.m. this morning (Oct. 29). Our staff responded immediately, as did the San Francisco Police Department. None of the historical objects on display were damaged. The museum will be closed today so we can start repairs, but we expect to open tomorrow for our normal hours (11 a.m.–7 p.m.). You can help the museum by making a donation here: http://tinyurl.com/GLBTHS-Donate.


Chick-fil-A Graffiti Vandal Manny Castro Arrested

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Manny Castro, the artist who sprayed graffiti on a Torrance, California Chick-fil-A in protest of the company's anti-gay donations, was finally arrested yesterday, after making himself known by publishing two statements in the HuffPost taking responsibility for the incident.

The L.A. Times reports:

Police are also looking for a second person who may have played a role in the incident.

Manuel Castro, 30, was arrested on suspicion of vandalism about 7 p.m. Wednesday in West Hollywood, said Torrance police Sgt. Steve Jenkinson...

..."Everybody is entitled to free speech, but it seems like for the gay tribe, this is more of an issue of equal rights — human rights," he said. "I'm against what these people stand for, what this company stands for. They're trying to take away what little rights we already have."

Investigators were aware of Castro's comments and worked to independently identify him as their suspect, Jenkinson said. Using "numerous items of evidence" discovered at the scene as well as information gathered during their investigation, detectives consulted with the Los Angeles district attorney's office before arresting Castro.

Castro posted $20,000 bail and was released from the city jail at 11:18 p.m.


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