Mel Distel, a student at Long Beach state, showed up at the Santa Ana office of Equality California on Thursday night, this week, to make phone calls on behalf of Democratic Assembly candidate Melissa Fox. But what she found was disturbing. There was a small noose hanging from the door handle.
To understand the full implication of this you have to know that many young gay people have died this year, often hanging themselves, in reaction to being bullied at their schools.
Since it was founded in 1998, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil rights protections in the nation.
Obviously the noose that was left on the EQCA office’s door handle was not left there accidentally. Someone wanted to terrorize them and that is exactly what came to pass.
Distel called the Santa Ana Police Department, according to a note he wrote on Facebook. Unfortunately the responding officers didn’t understand the full implication of what had happened.
Here is how Distel described what happened:
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