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Thursday night our GLBTQ Community Center in Las Cruces, NM was vandalized. Someone used a gear shaft from an automobile transmission to smash our front window. We have been open for two years, and this was the first example of homophobia that we have experienced. Actually, I had expected it sooner, and I think it's a good sign that it hasn't happened sooner.

Of course, our local police took the report, but I'm not sure if anything will happen. They didn't even take the gear shaft in for evidence.

We'll be contacting the local newspaper and PBS radio station. We have friends at the PBS radio and television station that would love to do a story about this.

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There's homophobia. There's also thieves and vandals who'll hit any place they can because...because they don't care who they hurt, they only want to do damage or make a quick buck off of stolen goods. I say that largely because several churches around here have been broken into and had things stolen over the years, despite security systems and reasonable precautions. (The thieves are neither reasonable nor sensible, and they'll go to some effort to steal.) (No, really, as in, more than one church around here has had entire AC/heating units or other large components stolen. That takes effort.)

But yes, it's all too likely it was some homophobic person (or handful of people) who vandalized your local center.

Yes, at least it didn't happen for two years. That's cause for some hope. It'd be nice if there wasn't a next time, or if the next time is longer than two years, at least. Yeah, dream on, Ben.

Hmm...maybe your "gay agenda" involves going to the store for "Milk." ;D

Sorry to hear the local center (and you) had so much trouble.

Maybe an idea of how the center helps people would help publicize things. At least the naysayers would be perplexed and vexed.

Best Wishes.

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Thursday night our GLBTQ Community Center in Las Cruces, NM was vandalized. Someone used a gear shaft from an automobile transmission to smash our front window. We have been open for two years, and this was the first example of homophobia that we have experienced. Actually, I had expected it sooner, and I think it's a good sign that it hasn't happened sooner.

Of course, our local police took the report, but I'm not sure if anything will happen. They didn't even take the gear shaft in for evidence.

We'll be contacting the local newspaper and PBS radio station. We have friends at the PBS radio and television station that would love to do a story about this.

LGBTQNATION are very concerned for the center, and ran an article on the vandalism.

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Hmmm...me thinks that Des' influence has reached out. Thank you.

It's important that the public gets to know about what their peers are doing, for with that knowledge, they can make better informed decisions about the direction of their own lives. It can help change the apathy in many people to move them toward being our allies. Being in the "underdog" category really does work to our advantage as people start to see the discrimination that has been wrought upon us.

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