Signs for Boston’s future LGBTQ-friendly senior facility vandalized

Signs for a future LGBTQ-friendly senior housing facility that is currently under construction in Boston have been vandalized with hateful messages.Banners hung around the construction site for The Pryde, a 74-unit housing development that will be inside the former William Barton Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park, were spray-painted with vulgar and threatening messages. The messages included: “We will burn this,” “(They) will die by fire” and “Die slow.”Boston police confirmed to NewsCenter 5 that they received a report of vandalism at the Everett Street site shorty before 11:45 am Sunday.Mayor Michelle Wu said that the Boston Police Department’s Civil Rights Unit is investigating the case and reviewing evidence, including surveillance video.“It breaks my heart to see these ugly threats targeting a project — and a community — of such importance to our city,” Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said in a statement. “This is the second straight weekend of Boston being marred by hatred and intolerance. This cannot stand. My office will pursue threats to the LGBTQ+ community wherever and whenever they occur.”LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable senior housing, organized a rally at The Pryde construction site that started at 4 pm Sunday. Wu was among those who attended that rally.”We were heartbroken to wake up this morning to the terrible news that The Pryde was vandalized overnight with hate speech and threats spray-painted on virtually every sign,” the nonprofit organization posted on Facebook. “We will not let bullies and cowards stop our work to create safe and welcome affordable housing for our LGBTQ elders. We will not let hate go unchallenged in Hyde Park.””We need to stand together to say that this is hate. cowardice. This is unacceptable, and we are going to build a different community together. That’s what we’re all about,” said Gretchen Van Ness, executive director of LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc.The Rogers Middle School has been closed since June 2015 and is in close proximity to many amenities with easy access to transit options.Construction for The Pryde got underway in April and is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2023. A ceremonial groundbreaking for the project was held three weeks ago, which was attended by Wu, Massachusetts Ltd. Gov. Karyn Polito, the Boston City Council and state representatives.The Pryde will be New England’s first LGBTQ-friendly senior housing development.

Signs for a future LGBTQ-friendly senior housing facility that is currently under construction in Boston have been vandalized with hateful messages.

Banners hung around the construction site for The Pryde, a 74-unit housing development that will be inside the former William Barton Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park, were spray-painted with vulgar and threatening messages.

The messages included: “We will burn this,” “(They) will die by fire” and “Die slow.”

Boston police confirmed to NewsCenter 5 that they received a report of vandalism at the Everett Street site shorty before 11:45 am Sunday.

Mayor Michelle Wu said that the Boston Police Department’s Civil Rights Unit is investigating the case and reviewing evidence, including surveillance video.

“It breaks my heart to see these ugly threats targeting a project — and a community — of such importance to our city,” Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said in a statement. “This is the second straight weekend of Boston being marred by hatred and intolerance. This cannot stand. My office will pursue threats to the LGBTQ+ community wherever and whenever they occur.”

LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable senior housing, organized a rally at The Pryde construction site that started at 4 pm Sunday. Wu was among those who attended that rally.

“We were heartbroken to wake up this morning to the terrible news that The Pryde was vandalized overnight with hate speech and threats spray-painted on virtually every sign,” the nonprofit organization posted on Facebook. “We will not let bullies and cowards stop our work to create safe and welcome affordable housing for our LGBTQ elders. We will not let hate go unchallenged in Hyde Park.”

“We need to stand together to say that this is hate. This is cowardice. This is unacceptable, and we are going to build a different community together. That’s what we’re all about,” said Gretchen Van Ness, executive director of LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc.

The Rogers Middle School has been closed since June 2015 and is in close proximity to many amenities with easy access to transit options.

Construction for The Pryde got underway in April and is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2023. A ceremonial groundbreaking for the project was held three weeks ago, which was attended by Wu, Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, the Boston City Council and state representatives.

The Pryde will be New England’s first LGBTQ-friendly senior housing development.

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