Snel­lville woman’s car, home vandalized with gay slur

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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.”

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