WEST HOLLYWOOD—West Hollywood residents are concerned regarding a series of threats made against the LGBT community.
Last week, Grindr, a gay hookup app headquartered in West Hollywood, was faced with a bomb threat; Misty Violet, one of Los Angeles’ top drag performers, received online threats; and a sea of pro-gun posters emerged across the city.
Grindr, which is headquartered in West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center, received a bomb threat to its website on June 15, but the threat wasn’t discovered until Thursday morning, when Grindr employees arrived to work the next day.
PDC management was alerted immediately and evacuated the PDC Red Building, where Grindr’s office is stationed. PDC security did a sweep of the offices and entire floor; the sheriff’s department then followed up with their own security. Nothing dangerous was found, according to Steve Afrait, whose firm represents the PDC.
Violet hosted an event at The Abbey, a popular gay restaurant and club on June 14 to raise money for the victims of the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub, the largest mass-shooting in U.S. history that left 50 dead, including the gunman.
The event was broadcast online at Periscope, where users can interact, and several threats were made, including “You guys are next” followed by six gun emojis, and another that said, “I wish you were in Orlando,” NBC4 reported.
The back-to-back threats against West Hollywood’s LGBT community comes just a week after a pro-gay, pro-gun posters were plastered throughout the city, causing controversy among residents. City workers quickly removed the signs that were posted in public places.
“We are disturbed by them,” West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister told the Los Angeles Times. “We don’t believe in an eye for an eye, and we advocate against gun violence.”
The threats could potentially be surfacing from the publicity of the Orlando massacre, which particularly resonated in West Hollywood, where they held the 46th Annual Pride Parade earlier this month.