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Las Cruces, N.M. LGBT community center vandalized

Sunday, March 18, 2012

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Police in Las Cruces, N.M. are investigating an act of vandalism that occurred at the LGBT community center.

According to a spokesperson at the center, an unknown person heaved a gear shaft from an automobile transmission, smashing one of the center’s front windows. The incident took place in the overnight hours when the center was closed.

“We have been open for two years, and this was the first example of homophobia that we have experienced. Actually, I had expected it sooner, and I think it’s a good sign that it hasn’t happened sooner,” the spokesperson said.

Center officials estimate damages at $700.

“It’s unfortunate these things happen, but we’re not alone. Centers in Orlando, Long Island and Salt Lake City have had similar incidents in the last few years,” stated David Stocum, Executive Director of New Mexico GLBTQ Centers.

“The Las Cruces Center never closed and continued to serve the GLBTQ community uninterrupted,” continued Stocum. “The service we provide the community is too important to let something like this slow us down … we’re here to stay.”

Stocum notes that New Mexico GLBTQ Center’s mission is to reduce homophobia and enrich the lives of LGBTQ people individuals living in New Mexico through education, advocacy, support, example, and collaboration.

He said that the center provided services for 2,993 client visits last year.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. Our Compassion for each other,
    Will defeat the Hate.
    We receive from others.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:37am
  2. Awful!

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:57am
  3. You wouldn’t think it could still happen in today’s society, but it does!!!

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:02am
  4. that’s terrible.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:06am
  5. karma is a mother fucker i trully beleave in what comes around goes around they well get theres amen

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:07am
  6. Just like burning the black churches in the south. Bigotry is UGLY!

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:46am
  7. This is NM – It is a Republican State blocking all from passage with close minded in Congress

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 12:27pm
  8. dislike…

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 2:32pm
  9. horrible news

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 9:02pm