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Trans Memorial Defaced on Dallas Campus

TDOR Memorial

Students were quick to restore the memorial after it was spray-painted with the word 'weird.'

A Transgender Day of Remembrance marker at the University of Texas at Dallas was defaced Monday, with someone spray-painting "weird" over the memorial, Towleroad reports.

LGBT groups at the school decorate the campus's "spirit rock" for various events, and for this year's Day of Remembrance, November 20, they had painted the rock in the colors of the transgender pride flag, while placing flags nearby to represent each trans person murdered since 2012, Towleroad notes. The rock also bore the words "Transgender Day of Remembrance" and an explanation of the flags.

Monday, however, the spray-painted "weird" covered "Transgender Day of Remembrance."

"To whomever vandalized the TDOR memorial today: hope you feel proud of yourself," members of Rainbow Guard at UTD, an LGBT student group, wrote on their Facebook page. "Takes a real courageous person to anonymously insult a group of people who've been killed as a result of the bigotry you displayed."

The person who spray-painted the memorial may be the same one who defaced various Black Lives Matter materials on campus, Rainbow Guard member Allen Smith told Towleroad.

Students were quick to restore the memorial. "The individual(s) who repainted the rocks are my favorite people. ... This community will not remain silent," Rainbow Guard wrote on Facebook.

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