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|Feminist Charis Books & More slammed with anti-gay graffiti|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Friday, 04 October 2013 12:53|
"Last night we had a full house, standing room only, and at various times the crowd spilled out into the parking lot," said Elizabeth Anderson, executive director of Charis Circle, the nonprofit arm of Charis Books & More.
"On the west-facing wall, open to the parking lot, I observed four pieces of graffiti which contained anti-lesbian messages," the police report states.
Charis' Thursday literary event finished about 10 p.m. and everyone was out of the store by 10:15 p.m., so the vandalism occurred right after everyone was gone, said co-owner Sara Luce Look.
"I am from the school that if they are gunning for you then you are doing something right," Anderson said. "It means politically you are valuable. To me it means we are doing good work."
Community support is also needed, Anderson said, and people are asked to attend Saturday's literary event as part of its Pride celebration, "The Tears on Her Face are From Laughter: Queer Stories of Survival."
Oliver Howington (right), a six-year employee at Charis, paints over some of the graffiti with primer on Friday, along with volunteer Kendall Prevatt. Howingting was "angry and hurt" to see the vandalism and called the incident "shameful." Prevatt said she volunteered to help because she supports everything the bookstore does for the community. (Photos by Dyana Bagby)
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