(Updated at 3:17 p.m.) A sidewalk in Dupont Circle has been targeted by a vandal with an anti-gay bias.
Someone spray painted the words “down with the gay agenda” onto a sidewalk in front of Thaiphoon at 2011 S St. NW over the weekend. Restaurant manager Sapol Jirapanjavat said he first saw the message yesterday and contacted police just after noon today to report it.
“The Second Police District is aware of this incident, and members have been dispatched to that location,” said Karimah Bilal, a spokeswoman for D.C. Police.
Twitter user Stephen Solka first spotted the graffiti just after noon today. But the offensive message didn’t stay unedited for long.
Dupont resident Dito Sevilla said he spray painted over the hateful message this afternoon. As of 2 p.m. today, the message read “down with the gun agenda,” an edit Sevilla made after reading our article.
“You’re not going to come at us during Pride,” Sevilla told us this afternoon. “Our community cannot keep getting kicked, especially when we’re down.”
The graffiti comes just one day after a man shot and killed 50 people at gay club in Orlando. Despite the timing of the graffiti’s appearance, it was unclear whether the message was connected to that tragedy or to the recent Pride Parade or festivities.
“Down with the gun agenda” photo courtesy of Dito Sevilla