Homophobes who vandalized an LGBT-friendly church were fought back with love


The letter board outside Allendale United Methodist Church in St Petersburg, Florida, was defaced with words ‘gay pastor’ in a black spray paint. The pastor decided to leave the message on the sign adding a number of huge rainbow-colored hearts and a message ‘love always wins’. Indeed, it does. “LGBTQ people are more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other minority group. We will leave the spray paint up, surrounded by signs of love, to make visible the often invisible harm that the LGBTQ community receives every day,” the message on the church’s behalf on Facebook reads. At the time of the vandalism, the sign displayed a message urging people to support Amendment 4, a state ballot measure to restore voting rights for prisoners, saying that if the vandal is arrested they would want them to be protected by the law. “Thanks to members of the community who raised funds, we already have a new sign on order from July when someone threw a brick. We also have cameras to install,” the church added.


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