Long Island LGBT Senior Center Threatened with Violence

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An LGBT senior housing development in Long Island that hasn’t even been built yet is already receiving hate mail and threats.

David Kilmnick, CEO of Long Island GLBT Network, said that his organization received an angry letter at both the Nassau and Suffolk office, threatening violence against the center and the people planning it.

“Thought you got the message we are targeting you,” the letter said, amongst expletives. “You are not safe, you are being tracked. It is just a matter of time until the right moments arrive to eliminate you and your locations, and the ‘safehouse’ is burned to the ground.”

The group has received two letters similar to this one in the past four months, and the third in the last 18 months.

One letter threatened to make the Long Island Pride Parade into the next Boston Marathon bombing.

“These letters are a reminder that we still live in a world that is not safe where hate and violence against the GLBT community is still an issue that we need to be vigilant about and attack head on,” Kilmnick said.

Kilmnick and his coworkers are all aware of the letters, and taking necessary precautions.

“We have made sure to alert all our staff to be cognizant of our surroundings, parking lots and hallways to ensure the safety of everyone,” he said.

Police have confirmed they are investigating the letters.

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