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NYC LGBT Center Responds to Flag Burning

NYC LGBT Center Responds to Flag Burning


The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in New York City plans to respond to last week's torching of a rainbow flag by installing a larger, 20-foot flag outside the center in Manhattan. The unveiling will take place late Wednesday afternoon, one week after the hate crime occurred.

According to the center's website, "The Center has partnered with City Council Speaker, Christine C. Quinn, New York City Comptroller, John Liu, Rainbow Flag's creator, Gilbert Baker and many elected officials in conjunction with other organizations to bring together our community and unfurl a new 20 foot long flag that will drape the building. On Wednesday, April 21st at 5:00 pm we will gather together as one to prove that we will not sit idly by while our home is threatened. We invite our straight allies to stand with us to demonstrate that LGBT safety and rights are not just an issue for LGBT people. Our city is strong and we need to come together to show that we cannot be intimidated."

Police continue to investigate the flag burning incident, which happened early last Wednesday morning. The perpetrator left a torched flag outside the center's West Village building shortly after midnight, and it was discovered around 8 A.M.

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