Anti-gay graffiti scribbled on bus stop
An anti-LGBT message was scribbled on an MTA bus shelter on 30th Avenue and 36th Street last week, adding to a growing list of hate-related incidents that have occurred in western Queens.
“I will not allow hostility and prejudice to divide our great community, and will work to ensure any form of bigotry will be aggressively rejected,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris. “It is disgusting to see these incidents continuing in our country. We must continue to respect one another, no matter our differences.”
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer took the matter into his own hands. Van Bramer, who is openly gay, took window cleaner and a sponge to scrub it out.
“Because love is always more powerful than hate,” he tweeted.
In the last month, Van Bramer led a community speakout in Sunnyside against Donald Trump’s election, then led 1,000 residents across the Queensboro Bridge to Trump Tower in protest.
It only took some window cleaner and a sponge. Because love is always more powerful than hate. That's #QueensValues! Thanks for reporting! https://t.co/rX4RPZoAsB
— Jimmy Van Bramer (@JimmyVanBramer) December 4, 2016
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