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Vandalism discovered at Tulsa Equality Center on Tuesday morning

Posted at 11:12 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 19:20:18-04

TULSA — Members with the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center say they discovered vandalism at their downtown building on Tuesday morning.

The Tulsa Police Department has been contacted about the vandalism, which happened just after 11 p.m. Monday night.

The vandal wrote "abomination" on a mural of Lynn Riggs, which was just finished last month.

"Lynn Riggs, a celebrated gay playwright, was not silenced during his lifetime, and will not be silenced during ours. This is why we continue to fight and speak up against hate," said Jose Vega, deputy director with the center.

The artist of the mural will help to cover up the vandalism, Vega said.

The center has been vandalized multiple times in the past. Vega called the incident "painful to the community."

Officials with the center say that the vandalism would be considered a hate crime in 31 states, but not Oklahoma.

The center serves as a home to the community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons.

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