Burlington police replace burned pride flag, calls act a hate crime

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A pride flag displayed in front of a home in Burlington’s North End was burned by vandals over the weekend, an act that police say constitutes a hate crime.

The colors of the rainbow are still visible through the blackened charred remains of the flag. In a gesture of support, the department replaced the flag, which now flies in front of the home.

“These acts are committed in the dark on night, they are committed by people who are too afraid to be seen, said Burlington Police Department Deputy Chief Jon Murad. “We are on the same road for the long haul with the LGBTQ community here in Burlington.”

Pride Month celebrates milestones the LGBTQ community has overcome since the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. But acts of such as the flag burning have members of the LGBTQ community realizing they still have a long way to go for equality in the eyes of some.

“We are a strong resilient community, and we will continue to be strong and celebrate our lives and thrive,” said Mike Bensel, executive director of Pride Center Vermont.

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