The gay owner of a tattoo parlour in Seattle, Washington has been the victim of a hate crime.
A week after the election of Donald Trump, Aaron Amundsen’s friend and business partner found a note which read:
“Hey faggot. We won, so you better watch you’re [sic] back. You’re [sic] days are numberd [sic]. Make America STRAIGHT again to make it GREAT again. You will see, you cock sucker.”
“It was like someone punched me in the gut because I had never experience in my life and I’ve been out since high school. I’ve never experienced something so threatening.”
The Seattle Police LGBT liaison, Officer Jim Ritter added:
“It is clearly a threat based on a threat of the victim’s sexually identity. It’s pre-meditated and the victim was targeted.”
Amundson felt a responsibility to speak out, reports King5:
“I believe it’s my absolute right as a citizen, and as an upstanding person, to say wait a minute – this is not acceptable and don’t let anyone tell you it is.”
He will be one of the speakers at a Community Awareness Forum on hate crimes this evening at 6 p.m. at the Lake City Community Center.