Urine found on at least 40 LGBT books in a Harvard library.

Yes, you read that right. Forty or so books were found to be vandalized in Lamont Library by urine. Since the books have to do with LGBT issues and gay marriage, the incident is being investigated as a hate crime, as it should be.

Marco Chan ’11, co-chair of the Harvard College Queer Students and Allies, called the incident “extremely frustrating” and “disconcerting,” and said that it represents a concern not only for the LGBT community, but for the Harvard community at large.

“I am very outraged. It is hard to conceive this as a coincidence when there are 40 books on the same subject,” Chan said. “The message that this incident sent to me is that we need more resources not only for the LGBT community but also targeted towards other people.”

Chan suggested workshops on homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual issues—similar to the mandatory freshman orientation event Sex Signals—as one possible way to respond to the bias evidenced by the incident.

“Everyone in our community should know that they play an important role in adjusting homophobia,” Chan said.

A weird and immature prank that says so much about the perpetrators frame of mind, essentially making LGBT books toilette paper. And its just gross.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted December 13, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Disgusting on so many levels. Targeting history, culture, information, KNOWLEDGE… definitely a hate crime.

  2. Posted December 14, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    This turned out to be an accident, reported the day it occurred by library personnel.

  3. Posted December 14, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately, the type of people to piss all over books about LGBT issues are not the type to respond in a positive way to workshops about rights. They will probably respond better to workshops about what happens when you violate civil rights. And it’s best to make them believe there are cameras everywhere tracking their movements, or people who could catch them at any time, or records that can lead to investigations, etc. As for the root of the problem: it’s likely more effective to tackle the issue of compulsory heteronormativity as a hallmark of masculinity and how this is not necessary.

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