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Derogatory graffiti found on private club

Joy Wang
April 03, 2017 06:45 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Albuquerque police are investigating offensive graffiti written on the outside of a well-known gay private club in Nob Hill.

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The Albuquerque Social Club began receiving harassing phone calls Sunday night. Then club workers found derogatory graffiti scrawled on the building.

“The Social Club is a members' only private club,” Anthony Montano said. “We've been in business for 35 years now, the longest running LGBT club in Albuquerque, New Mexico.”

For years, it's been a safe community for thousands of patrons.

“I would hate to know that the security, somebody's security has been threatened when this is supposed to be a safe place for everyone to come to,” Montano said.

But after last night, some members started feeling unsafe.

“It's scary to know that in this day and age of marriage equality and everything that's happening," Montano said. "We still have the hatred that's out there,” said Montano.

The business also started getting harassing phone calls.

“'Unknown caller, Anonymous,' that's what the caller ID says,” Montano said. “They're threatening to rape and kill my door people or my door staff. I don’t know if they're talking about everyone in the building or just my staff in particular.”

Then they noticed graffiti on the walls.

“Words do hurt, and the emotional state that a lot of people are in after something like what happened at Pulse in Orlando,” Montano said. “It can really be detrimental to a mental state as well as you know a business state in general.”

That's especially after they've worked so hard to make people feel safe.

“We had a lot of people felt like they could not come or afraid to come last night because of that,” Montano said.

But he said now it's even more important to stand together.

“Just because something like this is written on a wall, doesn't mean we should hide in a corner that coming out and showing them we're not afraid is probably going to be a little bit better than sitting at home and cowering away,” Montano said.

They're making sure someone's actions didn't jeopardize the years of hard work this community has put in.
“We're going to have to work a little bit harder to stand together than it would if we were staying at home and doing nothing about it,” Montano said.

The general manager said he's talking to the board about increasing security. He's also contacted police and there will be extra patrol in the area.

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Joy Wang

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