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Bomb Threat Forces HRC, Other LGBT Groups to Evacuate

Bomb Threat Forces HRC, Other LGBT Groups to Evacuate

In Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, the Human Rights Campaign and other leading LGBT rights organizations were evacuated after police in Los Angeles received a bomb threat from an anonymous caller.

“Early this morning about 8 AM [PST] our LAPD 911 Dispatch Center received a call from a caller who stated he was going to blow up the LGBT building in Washington, D.C.,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement, according to the Washington Blade.

“LAPD immediately made notification to law enforcement officials in Washington, D.C. to advise them of the possible threat,” the LAPD’s statement continued. “We also immediately launched an investigation here into the threat since it appeared to have been generated by a local pay phone.”

Police in D.C. quickly alerted the HRC, which operates out of its own building at 1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W., as well as organizations located at two neighboring buildings.

In all, employees from at least 11 national LGBT rights groups were evacuated around noon EST, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Stonewall Democrats, the National Coalition for LGBT Health and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

An HRC spokesperson, Michael Cole-Schwartz, said the evacuation of the HRC building lasted approximately one hour. A special D.C. Police unit scoured the building with bomb-sniffing dogs and determined there was no present danger.

The other organizations had been evacuated as a measure of extra precaution. “We were given the all clear signal a short time later,” Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, told the Blade.

“We don’t know all the details yet. But reasonable people don’t oppose LGBT equality anymore,” Vincent Villano, a NCTE staffer, told the Washington City Paper. “It’s not unreasonable to expect unreasonable people to react unreasonably.”

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3:46PM PDT on May 20, 2012

I love this quote:
“We don’t know all the details yet. But reasonable people don’t oppose LGBT equality anymore,” Vincent Villano, a NCTE staffer, told the Washington City Paper. “It’s not unreasonable to expect unreasonable people to react unreasonably.”

Thank you, Mr. Villano!

12:49PM PDT on May 17, 2012

Looks like the LGBT is now also on the Rights radar. I fear this is just the beginning of the fear that they will spread. I'm thankful that this threat was taken seriously and hope that the Department of Homeland Security finds the terrorist and put an end to their threats of terrorism against their fellow citizens.

7:19PM PDT on May 16, 2012

people these days

3:08PM PDT on May 16, 2012

@Marylin L.: Regretfully I have to agree with you.

2:55PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Since when does violence make 'right'? Isn't tis type of lunacy why so many of our North American youth dying overseas? North Americans NEED to practice what they are preaching....

1:03PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Marianne C can't give you a star but I would if I could.

Many folks here are correct the day is coming when being LGBT people are going to be full citizens and the right just can't stand it. So they will do whatever they think it will take to set us back...they are getting desperate.

12:53PM PDT on May 16, 2012

"When prejudices are dying, the last holdouts become more and more angry."
Bishop John Shelby Spong

11:39AM PDT on May 16, 2012

I believe that the closer we get as a country to equality for gay people the more vicious things will get.

11:23AM PDT on May 16, 2012

It's time to start calling the extreme christianist hate groups what they really are.

ACTUAL terrorists. Hint. Real terrorists try to instill terror into specific populations of civilian people.

So at long last, we have a case of REAL terrorism. Lets hope fatherland insecurity does their job right for a change & they catch the SOBs responsible. It'd sure be a refreshing change from their usual work.

11:10AM PDT on May 16, 2012

Another sad day in the push for equal rights for LGBT community.......

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