Letter Threatens to Burn Down Planned LGBT Housing: ‘We Are Targeting You’
Police are investigation expletive-filled letters sent to a Long Island gay advocacy group, including one on Thursday which threatened to burn down a planned housing center for gay seniors and kill its leader.
David Kilmnick, CEO of Long Island GLBT Network, said the center received identical letters at its Woodbury center in Nassau and its Bay Shore center in Suffolk on Thursday.
The message went on to say the senior housing, “won’t be safe.”
“You are not safe, you are being tracked … It is just a matter of time until the right moments arrive to eliminate you and your locations, and the ‘safehouse’ is burned to the ground,” the letter stated.
Officials announced Tuesday that a 50-unit development is planned for senior lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents at a Bay Shore site.
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Kilmnick said it’s the second letter the group has received in the past four months and the third in the last 18 months, and that each has gotten progressively more violent and threatening.
A past letter threatened to turn the Long Island Pride Parad
“These letters are a reminder that we still live in a world that is not safe and where hate and violence against the GLBT community is still an issue that we need to be vigilant about and attack head on,” said Kilmnick.
“We have made sure to alert all our staff to be cognizant of our surroundings, parking lots and hallways to ensure the safety of everyone,” he said.
The letters were turned over to the Suffolk and Nassau police departments, Kilmnick said. Police confirmed they were investigating.
“Getting these letters, which are extremely degrading, hateful, homophobic and violent in nature, is certainly unnerving,” Kilmnick said. “You know, I think the intent of this individual or individuals is to scare and put us back in the closet, and that’s not going to happen.”
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