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Human Rights Commission Calls Anti-Gay Graffiti “Unacceptable”

The Dubuque Human Rights Commission has issued a response to some anti-gay graffiti that was found in Dubuque last week. According to Dubuque Police, the graffiti was found on a sidewalk and a utility pole in the 1300 block of Cox Street, which is just off of the Loras College campus. The commission has called the graffiti “unacceptable,” and Vice Chair Jay Schiesl says it is “hate speech.” The graffiti was found two days after Dubuque’s Pride Picnic and just one day after the anniversary of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida. But Schiesl says the timing may have been a coincidence. Schiesl believes that the majority of residents in Dubuque embrace inclusiveness. The statement released by the commission says “the use of slurs is an open display of hostility that creates fear, disconnection, and insecurity about whether it is safe for gay people to live as their authentic selves.”

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