The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) action center and store in Washington, D.C. was vandalized early Wednesday morning by a radical LGBT group that described itself as “rowdy queers.”
The Washington Blade reported that the group splattered pink paint on the store and spray-painted the word “Stonewall” on the sidewalk.
The HRC is the largest LGBT advocacy group and lobbying organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980 and boasts over one million members and supporters.
The vandals called themselves “The Right Honorable Wicked Stepmothers’ Traveling, Drinking and Debating Society and Men’s Auxiliary.”
A press release issued by the group said the store was “a god awful monstrosity” and that the HRC “hordes money and does nothing useful.”
“This week marks the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. On the night of June 28, 1969, New York City’s Public Morals Squad did a routine raid of an East Village gay bar called the Stonewall Inn,” the press release said. “Everything was going fine until, in the midst of the standard genital check that police forced on draq queens, a lesbian beaned a cop straight in the head with a ripped-up parking meter. And so queer liberation was born.”
“The modern LGBT movement owes its success to three days of smashing, burning, punching, and kicking–all of it happily indiscriminate–and the confrontational tactics of groups like ACT-UP that followed in the decades since,” it added. “Yet, somehow we’ve forgotten our riotous roots.”
Michael Cole-Schwartz, Director of Communications for the Human Rights Campaign, said it was unfortunate that some activists are interested in fostering division in the LGBT community.