Hyde Park LGBTQ+ seniors housing project vandalized by hate speech


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A rally was held at 4 p.m. Sunday to show support for the LGBTQ+ community in response to the vandalism.

Spray-painted hate messages were left on signs for The Pryde – an LGBTQ+ senior housing project in Hyde Park – and were found on Sunday morning. LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc

An LGBTQ+ senior housing project in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood was found vandalized with hate speech on Sunday morning.

LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc., a Massachusetts nonprofit that works to create affordable housing for LGBTQ+ seniors, said in a Facebook post Sunday that the signs at The Pryde — their current housing project in Hyde Park – had anti-LGBTQ+ hate speech spray painted on them.

“We were heartbroken to wake up this morning to the terrible news that The Pryde has been vandalized overnight with hate speech and threats spray-painted on virtually every sign,” the organization wrote. non-profit.

Images of the vandalism show the frequent use of the derogatory f-word for gay people, as well as threats towards LGBTQ+ people and The Pryde himself.

One spray-painted message says ‘f***** will die by fire’, while another says ‘we’ll burn this down’ and another says ‘die f*****’.

Nonprofits and LGBTQ+ activists held a rally outside The Pryde at 4 p.m. Sunday to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community.

“We won’t let bullies and cowards stop our work to create safe and welcoming affordable housing for our LGBTQ seniors. We will not let hate go unchallenged in Hyde Park,” the nonprofit wrote on Facebook.

At the rally, supporters held up signs that read, “Boston is united against hate,” “being gay is not a choice, hate is,” and “love is love.”

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu attended the rally.

The Pryde started a month ago and should be completed next year. The project will transform the former William Barton Rogers School into 74 mixed-use housing units for all seniors, including LGBTQ+ seniors.

Many Boston and Massachusetts politicians spoke out against downgrading The Pryde on Sunday.

In a tweet, Boston City Councilman Ruthzee Louijeune said, “We will not tolerate this. Not in my neighborhood. Not in our town. No matter how emboldened some people are.

Quentin Palfrey, candidate for Massachusetts attorney general, also weighed in on Twitter, saying “We must stand together in condemning the cowards who vandalized Pryde with hateful language aimed at intimidating the LGBTQ+ community. Hatred has no place here. We must defend a welcoming, inclusive and diverse Commonwealth. »

Here’s what other Massachusetts politicians had to say about the vandalism:

Boston police said they are investigating the incident.

Mayor Wu did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the vandalism.



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