May 30, 2014 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
D.C. Council candidate receives hate letter
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This is the hate letter that Marc Morgan says he received.

D.C. police are seeking to identify the person who hand-delivered a letter with an anti-gay and racist message to the home of gay ANC commissioner and at-large City Council candidate Marc Morgan late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

The printed letter, which Morgan said was folded and placed in his mailbox, addresses him by name.

“God hates fags – we hate you,” says the letter, which is written in all capital letters. “Go die now…and we know where U live too.”

Morgan said he saw the folded letter sticking out of his mailbox as he left his house about 10 a.m. Thursday. He said he immediately contacted D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who arranged for Third District officers to investigate the incident.

According to Morgan, an officer conducting the investigation listed the matter as a “bias motivated incident.” Other officers with the department’s crime scene unit came to his house on 2nd Street, N.W., in the city’s LeDroit Park neighborhood to look for fingerprints and took photos. He said police were also looking into whether a suspect might be identified through video footage taken by several video surveillance cameras that are stationed in the neighborhood.

“This is not politics,” said Morgan, who is running for the Council seat as a Republican. “This has nothing to do with me running for Council. This person is trying to jeopardize my safety and I just want him thrown in jail.”

Added Morgan: “This is me stepping into the role of a father now because I have a son. And I don’t want someone running around my house scaring my family or scaring my neighbors or making vicious remarks or attacks on me.”

Morgan said he discovered the letter a little over an hour after he received a Twitter message from a man who denounced him as an “abomination” in the eyes of God. The man, who self identifies as Muslim, apparently sent his Twitter message to Morgan in response to a Twitter message that Morgan posted one day earlier.

In the earlier message, Morgan said he expressed concern that members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas were planning to come to Washington next week to protest an LGBT Pride event organized by students at Woodrow Wilson High School and the city’s annual Capital Pride Parade.

“I posted something saying we don’t need that kind of hatred here in the District of Columbia,” Morgan told the Blade. “And it just sort of seems that right after I posted it all this craziness broke out.”

Although the anonymous letter and the Twitter messages – sent by a man identifying himself as
“Unity Flow” and “Mustafa” – appeared to have surfaced around the same time, Third District Officer Perry Morgan told him the two did not appear to be connected or sent by the same person.

The officer, who’s not related to Marc Morgan, was less certain about whether the letter writer has a connection to the Westboro Baptist Church or was merely imitating the church’s anti-gay rhetoric, Marc Morgan said. The church’s members repeatedly use the term “God hates fags” in its literature and in the placards they hold while staging anti-gay protests.

“We didn’t know if it was somebody affiliated with that church or maybe pretending to be affiliated with that church,” Morgan said.

“It never ceases to amaze me how cowards love to use the veil of anonymity and secrecy to threaten, intimidate and bully,” said Robert Turner, the gay executive director of the D.C. Republican Party.

“We will work with MPD and hope they quickly find the culprit,” Turner said in a statement.

Morgan is running for the Council seat being vacated by Council member David Catania (I-At-Large), who’s running for mayor. All of the candidates running for the seat have expressed support for LGBT rights.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

3 Comments
  • Matthew Swanson

    How can a gay republican exist in DC? Anyway, that aside, NOT ACCEPTABLE! I hope the police get a lead on the hate-mongering jerk that is doing this! No place for that in this fine city!

  • The best that antigay have left to defend the indefensible.

    Yep.

    Got it.

    *Everyone is straight now!!!!*

    (no wonder these pitiful antigay remaining are all that remains of the Darkside's destroyed reputation…

  • Peter Rosenstein

    This is disgusting and just sorry that Marc had to suffer this. He is a great guy and no one who puts themselves out there to work for the community should ever be subjected to this. I hope the police can find who left the message and throw the book at him/her.

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