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Tillsonburg, Ontario. The business owner's pride flag burned, leaving a threatening message again

After herpride flagwas damaged again and other parts of the business were destroyed, business owners in Tillsonburg, Ontario said more to the community. He said he was only encouraging. Voice for hatred.

"They aren't hurting someone's life like their own, most of the time. If anything, their allies are louder because of them." Said Kelly Spencer, owner of the Indigo Lounge and Wellness Center.

Shortly after 6:30 pm on Monday, June 27, she received a call from someone who said they were lighting the flag of pride outside their company.

When she got there, Spencer found the flag burning. There was a car with a broken mirror in the parking lot, and there was a cut-up sign and a threatening note stating "Hate is no house here".

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"We warned you Bi—h – NC," the memo read.

"The overflow of love is 100 times larger, so I think it's a small group of a few little people, very noisy, hateful people. I already have more flags. I have more backups-I have more backups, "she said.

Spencer said that the broken ones can be replaced, but given that the incident happened in the daytime, the incident is working on her and some staff "a little". I left behind "the fear of."

The vandalism took place less than two weeks after her last pride flag, which was hanging outside the store, was also destroyed, leaving a similar threatening note. ..

A pride flag was burned outside the Indigo Lounge and Wellness Center on June 27, 2022.Provided by Kelly Spencer
Indigo Lounge and Wellness on June 27, 2022 A car mirror destroyed outside the center.Provided by Kelly Spencer

On Tuesday, June 14, Spencer arrived at work, her pride flag was cut and burned. , Discolored and saw her message left behind.

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Sealed in a plastic bag And to the letter: "f—t supporter / or f—-t"

According to Spencer, the letter says, "If you continue to support f—-ts, this flag is It will be an allegory about what will happen to your home. "

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Spencer said the person who saw it happened said the suspect was dressed in black from head to toe and looked like a teenager.

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When asked how she felt about the situation, she said. Expressed sympathy to the people involved.

"I'm in a place where it's almost heartbreaking that they're full of hatred at such a young age. They were given that message by someone. Hatred. Have been taught or they have a hateful experience in life, "Spencer said.

This is the latest in several vandalism cases targeting the LGBTQ2 community of Pride Flag and Norwich Township.

Spencer said she and some other business owners are trying to understand the next steps in addressing the underlying problems of vandalism and hatred.

"It has created a lot of conversation about how unacceptable this is and how many people can challenge their own blind spots."

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