Lesbian Couple Treated to Noose, ‘KILL THE GAY’ Graffiti This Halloweekend
Aimee Whitchurch and Christel Conklin have become something of civil rights heroes in their town Parker, Colorado. The lesbian couple has found themselves the victims of a terrifying hate crime this past Halloween weekend, after someone graffitied “KILL THE GAY” on their garage door, and left a noose in front of their home.
Straight up, I write gay news for a living and I’m still surprised by this story. A noose? Seriously?
The couple has been together for four years and they’re not going to leave their home because of hate.
The H.O.A. tried to paint over the hate message but the couple says how the haphazard way they tried to paint the garage door is another example of the harassment they have to live through.
Aimee and Christel put up signs on the garage door that read “We will not submit to hate” and “Don’t cover it, solve it.”
The couple says despite what they are going through, they aren’t leaving.
“We’re the white Rosa Parks,” Conklin says. “We’re not getting off the bus.”
The noose and graffiti are hardly the only disturbing parts of this story. The couple’s neighborhood homeowner’s association begrudgingly half-assed the hell out of the clean-up job – barely covering the graffiti and leaving paint all over the couple’s driveway, making their resentment to having the lesbian couple on the block known.
Anti-gay Republican presidential campaigns? Christian bigotry? Reality television? What is causing this wave of violence against gays?