The community against hate messages with love – NBC Boston

Community spreads love after signs at a Boston LGBTQ senior housing project were vandalized with violent and threatening hate messages.

People stood in solidarity on Sunday night after developers said “virtually every panel” of the Pryde, which debuted less than a month ago, was covered in spray paint. The construction project will transform a former middle school in Hyde Park into 74 mixed-income seniors’ homes. It should not be open before the end of 2023.

In a Facebook post from LGBTQ Senior Housing with a hate speech disclaimerphotos show the graffiti message in which the vandals said they would burn down the housing estate and threaten the lives of LGBTQ people.

“We won’t let bullies and cowards stop our work to create safe and welcoming affordable housing for our LGBTQ seniors,” the developers wrote on Facebook. “We won’t let hate go unnoticed in Hyde Park.”

LGBTQ Senior Housing held an event at the site on Sunday afternoon “to call out hate and reaffirm the promise of a welcoming, inclusive and diverse Hyde Park”. New messages of love and positivity have been recorded over the vandalism after supporters rallied against the hate.

“It’s heartbreaking. I live in Hyde Park. I moved here because when I worked here before the community was so strong and it’s really heartbreaking,” one resident said.

After an LGBTQ housing project for seniors was stained with hate messages, community members rallied in solidarity.

“It’s heartbreaking but we know it’s not the community,” another neighbor said. and welcoming Hyde Park.

Boston police confirmed their civil rights unit was investigating the incident, which was reported around 11:42 a.m. Boston police were at the scene Monday morning.

“To see cowards come out in the dark of the night and try to intimidate or put their hate on this larger community, that doesn’t represent what we’ve seen throughout this multi-year process, and we’re just going to go even faster to get it done,” Mayor Michelle Wu said at the event on Sunday.

Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said Sunday that all threats against the LGBTQ+ community would be prosecuted.

“It breaks my heart to see these awful threats directed at 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 weekend in a row that Boston has been marked by hate and intolerance. This cannot last. My office will pursue threats against the LGBTQ+ community where and when they occur.”

The FBI is among groups investigating Saturday’s Patriot Front march, in which at least one clash broke out but no arrests were made. There was no advance information about the protest, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu told reporters.

Last weekend, about 100 people apparently associated with the white supremacist group Patriot Front marched in Boston.

Pride The development received $3.8 million in funding from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and $4 million from the Boston Mayor’s Housing Office. Eight of the units will be designated for families or homeless individuals.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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