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Gay Law Student Office Vandalized at Boston College

Crude sex slurs and homophobic hate scrawled in Boston College LGBTQ Center Office.

Crude sex slurs and homophobic hate scrawled in Boston College LGBTQ Center Office.

Boston, Massachusetts – Gay students and Law School officials were stunned to discover homophobic slurs scrawled on the walls of the Lambda Students Association the day following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  When LGBTQ students arrived at the Boston College Law School LGBT Center, they found the door unlocked and scads of epithets demeaning queer folk covering the office walls.

Demeaning slurs such as “cum shot,” “muff diver,” “felching,” “cock gobbler,” “gay bukkake,” and the like competed with a few racial ethic epithets that seem to have been thrown in for good measure.  Some sources opined that LGBTQ people were not singled out for humiliation, since Blacks were also targeted by the vandals.  Sexual minority students, however, are not buying such denial.  They feel the crosshairs of hate aimed directly at them.  The Boston College Police Department and the Newton Police Department are investigating the incident.

Robert Trescan, Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League of New England, said to Boston.com that while hate speech incidents occur on many campuses, this one has a more sinister character to it.  “This is a targeted message at a particular place that is important to students, specifically designed to send a message,” he said. “From the police and school’s perspective we want this to be treated as a priority, and all indications is that they are treating this as a priority.”

EDGE Boston reports that the Dean of the Law School was notified in a meeting of the hate graffiti, and rushed to the LGBT Center immediately to see the damage himself.   Dean Vincent Rougeau wrote an open letter to the college community, a portion of which says,“The administration of Boston College Law School condemns this reprehensible action and will not tolerate hateful or threatening speech of any kind. This behavior is the antithesis of all we stand for as an institution, and is an assault on our shared values of a welcoming, loving, and inclusive community.”

Joe Triplett, co-chairperson of Above the Law, a student group, said that the entire Boston College community has been concerned and supportive, according to Huffington Post.  Triplett also related that a student suggested that the hatefulness of the incident could be diffused and channeled to energize the pro-LGBTQ effort on the Jesuit school’s campus.  Inspired by President Obama’s Inaugural endorsement of LGBTQ rights and marriage equality, the unnamed student said that the vandalism should serve as a “backdrop for a dedication to the gay rights movement… posting articles, pictures, and quotes on top of them that show our fight for equal rights from Stonewall to the President’s historic inclusion of gay rights in his inauguration speech yesterday… to show where we have come from and yet how far we still have to go.”

January 27, 2013 - Posted by | Anti-Defamation League of New England, Anti-LGBT hate crime, Boston College Law School, GLBTQ, Hate Crimes, hate speech, Heterosexism and homophobia, LGBTQ, Massachusetts, Slurs and epithets, Unsolved LGBT Crimes, vandalism | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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