The Center Orlando, Zebra Youth vandalized by hate group

ORLANDO | The LGBT+ Center Orlando and Zebra Youth were vandalized by a hate group overnight.

Members of The Center Orlando discovered messages of hate spraypainted across LGBTQ+ murals that were painted on the outside walls of The Center Orlando and Zebra Youth’s Drop-in Center across the street.

Along with messages of hate, the vandals painted white nationalist symbols including swastikas and crosses. A sign was hung on one of the walls with “Knights of the Black Sun,” a known white nationalist group, written on it.

Dr. George Wallace, The Center Orlando’s CEO, says the attacks have left him “discouraged.”

“There just seems to be an uptick with anti-gay rhetoric,” Wallace says. “It’s disheartening.”

The Orlando Police Department was contacted and footage from security cameras from both buildings is being reviewed.

This is a developing story and will updated as more information becomes available.

Photos by Danny Garcia.

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