Anchorage center’s LGBT pride flag vandalized for third time in a year

The partially burned flag continues to fly outside Identity's community center to call awareness to the crime.

The partially burned flag continues to fly outside Identity's community center to call awareness to the crime. Identity Inc., via Facebook

The partially burned flag continues to fly outside Identity's community center to call awareness to the crime.Identity Inc., via Facebook

The partially burned flag continues to fly outside Identity’s community center to call awareness to the crime.

ANCHORGAGE, Alaska — An Anchorage LGBT community center is flying a half-burned rainbow flag after someone vandalized the organization for the third time in less than a year.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports that the flag was found vandalized outside Identity Inc.’s Gay and Lesbian Community Center Tuesday morning.

Identity Executive Director Drew Phoenix says the flag was found cut up twice in October, shortly after a U.S. District Court judge stuck down Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban.

Phoenix says they will eventually replace the flag, but are flying it in its damaged state to raise awareness.

An Anchorage Police spokeswoman says officers classified the crime as arson, which will be handled by the Anchorage Fire Department.

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