Las Vegas LGBT Center Vandalized With Homophobic Slur After Attempted Arson

Police are looking for a man caught on camera spray-painting a homophobic slur on the entrance of an LGBT center in Las Vegas.

On Thursday, authorities responded to a call from the LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada, located near Orleans Square. Officers at the scene found the word "f*g" scrawled on the glass doors of the building in black letters.

We woke up today like any other day, but on this day we’re met with a reminder as to why we are still needed. the second...

Posted by The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada on Thursday, September 5, 2019

A surveillance video of the incident showed a white male vandalizing the entrance and another white male interacting with the suspect. Both are believed to be between 20 and 25 years old.

"I am saddened that The Center was the victim of a hate crime yet again," Center president Joe Oddo Jr., wrote on the group's website. "While today we focus on what happened on the outside of our building, I am reminded of the amazing work that has occurred and continues to occur on the other side of that door that enhances the lives of the LGBTQ community here in Southern Nevada."

#LVMPD Detectives need help ID'ing a suspect & person of interest connected to graffiti placed on the front door of @thecenterlv located at 401 S. Maryland Pkwy. Call @LVMPDDTAC at 702-828-4314 or @CrimeStoppersNV 702-385-5555 w/info.

— LVMPD (@LVMPD) September 5, 2019

This is the second attack on the building this summer: In June, an unknown male set fire to a palm tree by the building's main entrance. It's not clear if that fire is connected to this most recent episode, but both incidents are still under investigation.

"We woke up today like any other day, but on this day we're met with a reminder as to why we are still needed. the second act of vandalism to our Center in three months," reads a statement posted Thursday on the Center's Facebook page. "Hatred will not stop us—it shows us more and more that we need to stand taller, shout louder and love harder. We are The Center."

The building was previously targeted for arson in 2016 by Grewndolyn Glancey, who claimed Oprah Winfrey told her to set it on fire.

Nevada hate crime laws provides heightened penalties for acts committed because of victims' actual or perceived characteristics, including sexual orientation.

Centers catering to the LGBT community have increasingly been attacked in recent years: In 2017, NewNowNextreported on 13 separate assaults on LGBT organizations, including smashed windows and spray-painted slurs. Fires were started at both the Dallas LGBT Center and Phoenix LGBT Youth Center, destroying valuable limited resources. In November 2017, bullets riddled the front doors of Freedom Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.

So far in 2019, GLAAD has counted 45 incidents of anti-LGBT violence.

Advocates have criticized Donald Trump for fostering homophobia and transphobia in the U.S.: GLAAD counts more than 124 anti-LGBTQ policy and rhetoric attacks from the Trump administration since he took office—including a ban on transgender service members in the armed forces, major cuts to HIV/AIDS funding, and court briefs claiming that federal workplace protections do not include sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Vandalism found on the Center's front door marks the second attack on the building in three months. LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada