FLUSHING, N.Y. — The Queens College Gay Straight Alliance was vandalized this month with hate messages and gay slurs. So far both campus police and city police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
The slurs — fag, dike, dyke and tranny — were written, painted, and hole-punched into different works of art the club had completed. Club president Deborah Lolai has said she was devastated that someone could have done this.
Behind one of the larger paintings, the word “dyke” was fashioned with the club’s purple duct tape (pictured). Under another painting, the word “dike” was punched in with a pin, one hole at a time.
Lolai speculated that the people who did this took their time to write the slurs in several media. The different spellings of the word “dyke” suggest that there were multiple individuals involved, Lolai said.
“The way whoever did this . . . makes it a lot more terrifying,” said Lolai. “Thinking about someone sitting there and poking the wall is really creepy and really scary.
Queens College President James L. Muyskens said that the college does not tolerate homophobia or any kind of harassment.
“I assure you that anyone found to have committed such acts on our campus will be held accountable,” he said.