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Bomb threat prompts evacuations at D.C. offices of LGBT advocacy groups

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

WASHINGTON — Offices of the Human Rights Campaign headquarters and a building that houses the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and several other prominent LGBT advocacy groups were evacuated Tuesday afternoon following a bomb scare.

HRC headquarters

District of Columbia police officers, accompanied by bomb detection canines, were called to the national offices of the HRC and the Task Force after police in Los Angeles, Calif., received an unspecified bomb threat against a “national gay rights organization,” reported Metro Weekly.

With the surrounding block cordoned off, police vehicles surrounded the building and prevented pedestrians from approaching as teams led dogs in search of any threat. By 12:50 p.m., MPD called the all-clear and people began re-entering the building.

HRC President Joe Solmonese, returning to the building, said this was the second time that the headquarters, at 17th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW, had been evacuated since he began as president in March 2005. The other evacuation occurred during the August 2011 earthquake, ”When we thought it really was a bomb,” said Solmonese, due to leave HRC in June.

A few blocks away, at the building that houses the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, at 1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, as well as several other non-LGBT entities, staff waited outside as police began searching that address at about 1 p.m.

No devices or threats were found according to a spokesperson for D. C. police.

Karen Ocamb of the L.A.-based LGBT/POV blog, after speaking with LAPD media relations, reported that the threat was made via pay phone “through the 911 system from a caller who stated that he was going to blow up the LGBT building in Washington, D.C.”

The LAPD spokesperson, Detective Gus Villanueva, told Ocamb the call was made at 8 a.m. Pacific Time, but would not release the location of the pay phone.

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21 more reader comments:

  1. Nice what people are afraid gay people might actually deemed REAL HUMANS? Oh my!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 4:45pm
  2. Is anyone surprised??? Anytime progress is made, this kind of crap happens.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 4:46pm
  3. this is the republicans acting out that you voted in folks good job

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 4:47pm
  4. agressives are not even human

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 4:47pm
  5. This doesn’t surprize me one bit…smfh

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 4:47pm
  6. A dayum shame!!!! Smh

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 4:48pm
  7. sad

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 4:48pm
  8. Typical of what they call “truth”, but in reality it is brutal hate.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 4:53pm
  9. Just shows the ignorance of those who are afraid.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 4:56pm
  10. Let the new war begin

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 4:59pm
  11. I Think some one should do a Reverse call in and Fight fire w Fire…

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 5:01pm
  12. Must mean that we are closer to finally receiving equal rights

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 5:06pm
  13. …why are people liking this post?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 5:09pm
  14. NOT a surprise, since we know they just want us gone, and “they” are prone to violence.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 5:12pm
  15. Btw. Just saw the Manny Pacquio story on CBS saying we should be killed. There should be a boycott of his sponsors.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 5:16pm
  16. O.o i had no clue and i work 20 steps from this place..smh..sad

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 5:19pm
  17. DISLIKE!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 6:14pm
  18. People “like” it because there is no “acknowledge” button.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 6:29pm
  19. sick bastards

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 7:49pm
  20. Bigots just don’t want 2012 to be a good year for us. =/

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 11:57pm
  21. haters gonna hate.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 10:46am