On Monday morning, Hudson Pride Connections Center in Jersey City was vandalized. It is being considered a LGBT bias attack at this time. “We will not break or be broken by this apparent bias attack,” HPC Board member, and spokesperson, Michael Billy said. “Our community is stronger than this.”
In the possible bias attack, the front window of the office at 32 Jones Street was smashed. Nothing was reported as missing by staff says Billy. The vandalism occurred at 10:40 am on Monday morning shortly before the youth program, volunteers and staff arrived. “We are working with the local and state authorities to determine responsibility and next steps,” Said Billy.
The broken window is being investigated by Jersey City police. The type of vandalism is very similar to what occurred just a few weeks ago in Asbury Park. In that possible bias attack according to local police a passer by smashed the front window of Garden State Equality. GSE is the Garden States largest LGBT civil rights organization. The executive director of GSE was present in an inside office when the window was broken. There was no attempted entrance to the office or anything taken said GSE’s Executive Director Christian Fuscarino after the incident in Asbury Park. There have been no arrests made in either incident thus far.
In Hudson County, the Hudson Pride connections Center is known for having the largest selection of services for the LGBT community and HIV/AIDS services in the area. It is considered an integral part of the LGBT community in the Hudson County region for the past 24 years said Billy. “We know that this unsettling act does not, in any way, reflect the truly caring nature of our community,” he continued. “Although saddened and angered we will not be deterred and will work harder than ever to continue providing a home and voice for the LGBTQ community.”
Billy said the organization is cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation and that there were some surveillance cameras in the vicinity that police are scanning for possible leads in the investigation.