Snellville woman’s car, home vandalized with gay slur
Rick Westbrook, executive director of Atlanta homeless LGBT youth organization Lost-n-Found Youth, had been estimating the number of the city’s homeless LGBT youth to be 750. He got the number from taking the total number of homeless youth found from a 2013 Metro Atlanta Tri-Jurisdictional Collaborative Homeless Survey, and then using the data from a 2012 Williams Institute study that found that 40 percent of the nation’s homeless youth are LGBT. The release of the new report changed that.
“That’s more than we thought. Much higher,” Westbrook said after the press conference. “We’re dealing with those kids oneon-one and that just means we’ll have to step it up even more.”
There was one surprisingly positive aspect to emerge out of the study’s findings—a sense of hope among the city’s homeless youth.
“They’re dreamers,” Wright said. “And despite their difficult circumstances, they really were optimistic—psychologists would call this resilient—for the future. And they had big ideas and big dreams.”
Georgia State’s study team will continue to analyze the data from their study and release further reports in the coming months. Kristi Logue’s Mother’s Day celebration was brought to a screeching halt on May 9 after discovering her car and garage door of her home had been vandalized with a gay slur.
Logue’s son informed her after being the first to notice the act of vandalism.
“My kids were like, ‘Mommy what’s happening?’ My little girl starts crying and I’m just at a loss to figure who did it and why they would do it and it’s not me,” Logue tells WSB.
“I couldn’t believe it. Actually I was at a loss for words. I saw the car first, it was written in white across the hood, both sides of the car and the trunk. And then I go to the garage door and I see it in black,” Logue said.
The incident occurred within 48 hours of Logue moving into her new home. Neighbors say this incident is outside of the norm for this relatively quiet Snellville neighborhood.
Logue, who does not identify as lesbian, says she is scared and can’t imagine why anyone would target her. Her neighbors have stepped in to help remove the gay slur from her car but her garage door will have to be repainted.
Logue says she’s grateful for the response of Snellville Police.
“The Snellville Police is awesome, oh my goodness. They really assured me that they are going to figure this out.”