Thirteen shots are fired at a LGBTI equality center in Tulsa, Oklahoma from a passing truck on Monday (6 March).
No one was hurt.
The bullet holes were discovered at Tulsa’s Dennis R. Neil Equality Center at 8.15am on Monday morning.
Security camera footage caught the four door pickup truck pulling up in front of the LGBTI rights center at 12.30am the previous night, firing 13 shots at the windows and front door.
‘We are working closely with Tulsa Police,’ said Oklahomans For Equality officials.
‘Captain Cathy Reynolds, the LGBTQ liaison with the Tulsa Police Department, has made our safety and security a top priority.’
Geoffrey Brewster, Board President of Oklahomans for Equality, said he was ‘sickened, yet not surprised, by the bullet holes’.
He added: ‘They are the latest reminder of the deep-seated hatred some individuals have towards the LGBTQ community. Oklahomans for Equality condemns every act of hatred and violence perpetrated against any individual or group based upon difference.
‘We are keenly aware after an event such as this, or the Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando, FL, that sexual orientation and gender identity are not protected classes in current hate crime legislation.
‘Even though hatred of difference is the motivation for such acts, our community is not equally protected under the law. This must change, and we call on our community and our allies to demand it.’
An Oklahoma Senate bill is attempting to strip and prevent LGBTI housing and employment protections from cities across the state, forcing them to pass policies to ‘conform’ with the state government’s law.
And as Oklahoma has no laws protecting people based on sexual orientation and gender identity, if the bill is passed that means LGBTI policies could be wiped out.