By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com October 16 2013 4:21 PM ET
For Roseville, Calif., resident Jason Braga, being president of his homeowners' association was a happy experience until it was marred by an anonymous letter he received a year after his election, attacking him for being gay.
Braga, who lives with his partner, said he was shocked by the letter, and that he was worried about being physically attacked.
"I feel like we can't leave our house and worry," he told the CBS Sacramento affiliate. "And now we worry about whether something is going to happen when we leave."
The letter, filled with misspellings and other errors, reads in part, “ijust (sic) found out you are a f—– with amanin your home.our neighborhood is full of children like my own, you make me sick!!!” It continues, “DO NOT EVER COME TO MY HOME OR PROPERTY AGAIN OR ELSE ILL COME TO YOURS AGAIN AND AGAIN!!! GOD HELP YOU , NO ONE ELSE WILLYOU.”
Still, Roseville police say they will not treat the incident as a hate crime. Police lieutenant Cal Walstead said the letter, while disturbing, did not contain enough threatening language to be considered an act that would qualify as a hate crime.
“If the person had said they were going to hurt the person in some way, hurt their property, or say a loved one in some way, or vandalized their property, then we could have qualified it as more of a hate crime,” he told the TV station.
Braga said that in the end, he believes the letter only represents the feelings of one person and not his entire neighborhood association.