Saturday, August 21, 2010

Brody's Notes... Hate Speech Tagged At Utah Pride Centre

Vandalised Utah Pride Centre Sign  Photo By The Salt Lake City Weekly
By Brody Levesque (Bethesda. Maryland) AUG 21 | Yesterday morning, August 20th, the staff of the Utah Pride Center and Café Marmalade discovered that the marquee in front of the building had been vandalized during the night with the word “FAGS."  The staffers made a report to the Salt Lake City Police Department who dispatched the Crime Scene Unit and are investigating the crime.
“We realize that often times the purpose of these actions are to cause widespread fear among the members of our community,” said Valerie Larabee, Executive Director. “That is why today we are speaking out. This will not be swept under the rug.  We will not be scared into silence by acts of intolerance.”
According to Larabee, the UPC board and staff acknowledge that in any social justice movement, the more progress that is made, the more resistance the targeted community will face.
“We welcome civil, respectful dialogues with those who disagree with our mission, but this kind of hate language and vandalism will not be tolerated,” said Larabee.
She also acknowledged that the UPC appreciates the work of the Salt Lake City Police Department and the LGBT Public Safety Liaison Committee.