Anti-LGBT Bus Vandalized

Courtesy of National Organization of Marriage

Courtesy of National Organization of Marriage

Jack Hogse, Staff Writer

   An anti-LGBT “free speech” bus rolled its way into New York City with the phrase, “It’s Biology: Boys are boys… and always will be. Girls are girls… and always will be,” and was then promptly vandalized on Thursday with messages of transgender acceptance.

    The bus was parked outside of an event at the United Nations, when it was spray painted with the words: “Trans-Liberation,” reported USA Today. Brian Brown,  president of the National Organization for Marriage, told USA Today, “While it was parked, two people keyed the bus, cracked several windows with a hammer and spray painted the bus.”

    The bus has been criticized by LGBT organizations. In an emailed statement from Jessica Stern of OutRight Action International, she spoke out against the display of the bus.

    “Free speech is a constitutional right, but language has consequences that must be considered. Broadcasting a message that erases and denies the reality that transgender and intersex children and youth exist is irresponsible, factually misleading, disrespectful, and dangerous. This vehicle is part of the reason trans-youth are driven to suicide.”

   Those who traveled on the bus, which previously made stops in New York, Connecticut, Washington and Boston, were at an event inside the UN when the bus was damaged and vandalized. The bus driver tried to stop the two people who were behind the vandalism, but was then pushed aside. The New York Police Department is currently investigating the incident as an act of criminal mischief and a possible misdemeanor.

   “I don’t think it’s right what they did, but I can see how the vandals would be outraged by what this bus is saying,” said Trinity Lee (11). “If you’re against the LGBT, that’s fine, but don’t go parading through the streets telling them that they can’t choose how they want to live.”

   Whether or not the suspects are actually going to be sent to jail is still in question, but their message is clear. Brown is pushing towards getting the bus repaired and getting back out on the streets as soon as possible.