LGBT festival billboard at LIRR station vandalized in a 'cowardly act of intolerance and bigotry'

David Caplan
May 28, 2019 - 3:23 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- MTA Police are investigating the vandalism of a billboard at a LIRR station in Bellmore for the upcoming Long Island Pride Festival, which attracts thousands of LGBT people and their allies. 

The billboard was torn down and ripped into several pieces. 

The billboard advertised the festival, running from June 21 to 23 in Long Beach. The third annual festival includes a parade, 5-kilometer race, beach party, cabaret night and a concert, known as Pridestock 2019, headlined by Grammy winner Macy Gray.

"In response to requests submitted to @LIRR on Twitter this morning, the LIRR immediately removed the damaged advertisement and we are working with our advertising contractor Outfront Media to have it replaced as quickly as possible," said MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan. "The MTA and LIRR have no tolerance for discrimination, and the MTA Police are investigating this incident."

Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen, who slammed the vandalism at a press conference Tuesday with the LGBT Network's David Kilmnick and Nassau Police's Kevin Smith, tweeted that billboard was vandalized "in a cowardly act of intolerance bigotry."

Officials said it is the third act of hate on Long Island against the LGBT community in recent months.