“It hurts quite a bit:” Vandals strike at Milwaukee LGBTQ center with homophobic slurs, graffiti

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MILWAUKEE -- An LGBTQ center on N. Holton St. in Milwaukee has been vandalized -- again. This time, homophobic slurs and graffiti were sprayed on the building.

Gerry Coon, President and CEO of Diverse & Resilient

Gerry Coon, President and CEO of Diverse & Resilient

"It's what greeted us as we came into work yesterday morning," said Gerry Coon, President and CEO of Diverse & Resilient. "It does hurt, and it hurts quite a bit."

Diverse and Resilient is an organization that supports the LGBT community by offering various health and counseling programs.

"Given the work that we do and who we are, the people we work with were in some ways prepared for the fact there are people who don't like us. And sometimes they demonstrate that in ways that are hurtful and harmful," Coon said.

Vandalism at Diverse & Resilient

Vandalism at Diverse & Resilient

The cleanup began right away.

"The glass was a little easier, the brick will be harder. In some ways that feels good, it's something we're doing, visible, on this very busy street were just cleaning up and keep doing our work," Coon said.

This is not the first time the group has been the subject of hate.

Vandalism at Diverse & Resilient

Vandalism at Diverse & Resilient

"We also had an incident in December where we had a broken front door and window. It's hard to say are they related, what is this about. But it was just time to look at enhanced security," Coon said.

So they met on Friday morning, February 10th to talk about adding security cameras.

Vandalism at Diverse & Resilient

Vandalism at Diverse & Resilient

"I think things like this just reinforce just how much work we have to do and it reinforces the work we already do. And it's just one more of those things that just keeps us moving," Coon said.

The LGBTQ center remains committed to its message of acceptance and inclusion. Those who support the center say the hurtful vandalism is only a bump in the road.

"We will win, we will win. It's just, we are going to have to go through some of these things to get there," Coon said.

Diverse and Resilient is open to the public.

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8 comments

  • cannibal

    Usually turns out in the sjw community to be one of their own…just to highlight how much a “victim” they are. Remember after the election..all those “attacks” on muslims..gays et al that turned out to be false? This reeks of the same.

  • Hell in a Handbasket

    The liberal media has a problem here. I agree with Cannibal that this group did it for publicity. But based on the address of 2400 block of Holton it may have been done by the black community. Who is Faux 6 going to expose as either a fraud or hate crime accomplice?????

  • Jane Smith

    Wow, the commenters here really need to get a life or maybe just the tiniest bit of empathy for other human beings. Ugh! I’m so sorry to see this happened to Diverse & Resilient — they did a wonderful training for my workplace recently and are a great asset to the community.

  • Jordan Jehly

    I don’t understand what is so hard about the “live and let live” philosophy. If someone or a group of someones does something you don’t like, simply move on and continue with your day.

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