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Wave of Vandalism, Violence Hits LGBTQ Centers Across Nation

Some of the attacks include a drive-by shooting and a brick thrown through a church window



    Wave of Vandalism, Violence Hits LGBTQ Centers Across Nation
    Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center
    Casa Ruby, a Washington, D.C., LGBTQ advocacy organization, was vandalized and a staff member assaulted two days after Mayor Muriel Bowser reported a 100 percent increase in hate crimes against the transgender community.

    In February and March, several hate incidents occurred at LGBTQ community centers and similar venues around the country, NBC News reported.

    In Washington D.C., a man broke into a center for transgender women called Casa Ruby, destroying the door and physically attacking a trans worker. 

    Other instances include a drive-by shooting of the headquarters of Oklahomans for Equality, hate graffiti at centers in Los Angeles and Milwaukee and a brick thrown through the window of a First Unitarian Church in New Orleans.

    New York’s Anti-Violence Project’s Communications Director Sue Yacka told NBC that she sees a connection between direct attacks on community venues and the more than 100 pieces of anti-LGBTQ legislation that has been proposed since the start of the year.

    Attack Kills 13, Police Kill 5 Suspects in Spain: Officials

    [NATL] 13 Killed in Car Attack in Barcelona; 5 Suspects Killed in Cambrils: Officials

    A white van jumped the sidewalk in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district on Aug. 17, 2017. Police say 13 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in this terrorist attack. The area is one of the city’s top tourist destinations. Later, police shot and killed five terror suspects in Cambrils, Spain, in a separate incident.

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017)