Therenogaypage reported on the vandalism that occurred in Sun Valley to the home of a gay man lived in earlier today. Here is what is known.
The residence that had been tagged with graffiti, as Washoe County Sheriff’s Office calls it, has been painted over. The property owner and the tenant wish to have this incident remain low-key and not have law enforcement involved.
Community reaction was swift and sometimes harsh, as the community responded to the news, many times in a heated and upset manner, saying things that could not be published. Responses ranged from a simple “WTF!!!!” to “This is heart-breaking! In 2006 my fence was tagged (with something similar) in Douglas Co. Lake Tahoe and before Lake Tahoe Pride began but after the last gay bar closed in town – 2010 a local restaurant (South Lake Tahoe) told “us” (a group of LGBTQ+ friends) to leave and that they “didn’t want our kind. Now this!”
Update: The original post made to facebook to alert the community has been taken down as it was draining too much attention to the tenant who did not want it. Ny removing the post, all the comments and photo were removed.
The GLBTQ+ community has a tendency to get overly excited about issues of hate that happen to an individual and become protective, not only of that individual but of the entire community.
“We have to be very careful about calling this a hate crime,” Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Bob Harmon said. “Basically it is graffiti and vandalism at this point. A lot depends on the circumstances.”
Harmon went on to say that the language used targeted a specific group of people. According to Harmon, the Sheriff’s Office does not see much graffiti that attacks specific groups. The department is aware of the incident and reached out to the property owner. Harmon did say that the Sheriff’s Office was informed of the incident by a third party. Due to the nature of the graffiti, the Sheriff’s Office located the property and reached out, letting both tenant and property owner they were available.
Harmon wanted to remind the community to know your neighbors, be aware of the activities that happen in the neighborhood and if anything suspicious or out of the ordinary to report to law enforcement.
“If anyone has any information of the graffiti vandalism,” Harmon said, “They should report it to Secret Witness (775-322-4900) or call the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (775-328-3001).”
At present, there is no established case because of the property owner and tenant not wishing to have law enforcement involved as is there right, according to Harmon. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office would like to find the vandal.