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Police Step Up Patrols For LI Pride Event After Offensive Flyers Distributed

June 18, 2019 - 1:09 pm

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Police on Long Island are stepping up patrols ahead of a pride festival after offensive flyers were anonymously distributed throughout Patchogue.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, local businesses in the Long Island town were sent flyers degrading the LGBTQ community in an effort to prevent the Alive After Five event celebrating Pride Month.

“We can’t let that win and we won’t let that win. In fact, this event is going to be bigger than ever before. It’s going to be prouder than ever before,” said David Kilmnick, the head of the LGBT Network.

The anonymous sender was trying to discourage the businesses from participating in the June 27 event.

“I think what’s happening in Patchogue with what looks like one individual, or maybe just two individuals sending hate letters and it’s just an indication that there’s a lot more work to do,” Kilmnick said. “But I think the larger picture here is that there’s a lot more love than hate. There are so many people who are supportive of the event and supportive of Long Island Pride.”

Suffolk County Police confirm they are stepping up patrols at the event and although the letters are offensive, they are not threatening in nature.

“I’m very appreciative for the Suffolk County Police Department to make sure that we’re safe and secure and I know that it’s going to be an incredibly fabulous event because many more people are showing love than hate,” Kilmnick added.