A lesbian couple from Australia were the targets of a hate crime justs days after they were forced out of their home by severe flooding.
Lavinia Pike Tuesday (20 January) found their house in Sandford, Tasmania vandalized with anti-gay graffiti when she returned to feed their pets.
Pike, who suffers from chronic asthma and an acquired brain injury, said she was stunned to find hate speech such as ‘lesos,’ ‘sluts’ and ‘poofta’ spray-painted throughout the home she shares with her partner Kelly Kluga and daughter Bella Kenworthy, 13.
‘I was shocked, disgusted and angry but also disappointed. We’ve put up with a lot of crap. I’m already sick, I’m already depressed and anxious and now this on top,’ she told the Examiner.
‘People shouldn’t do this regardless of their beliefs. This is an innocent family that’s recued so many animals.’
The family has two pigs and three goats and a cat, all of which are rescue animals.
Gay rights spokesperson and Tasmanian of the Year, Rodney Croome, called on the state’s political, civic and religious leaders to condemn the gay-hate attack.
‘The hate-fuelled attack against this family was an attack on all Tasmanians who want to live in a safe and inclusive community,’ he said.
‘It is sickening to see this kind of hate attack in Tasmania, especially against a family that is already struggling.
‘The hate-fuelled attack against this family was an attack on all Tasmanians who want to live in a safe and inclusive community.
‘I call on political, civic and religious leaders to condemn homophobic hatred.
‘Such attacks are less likely when the Tasmanian community speaks with one voice against them.’
Police are investigating the attack which also involved burglary.