September 25, 2017 at 7:38 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Gay hookup ad in D.C. Metro station vandalized, gay news, Washington Blade

An ad for the Squirt hookup app was vandalized in the Shaw-Howard University Metro station.

A poster-size ad for the gay online hookup site located in the Shaw-Howard University Metro station was defaced sometime in the past week with an anti-gay slur written with a marking pen, according to a Sept. 22 statement released by

The statement calls the defacement “an act of homophobic vandalism.” It says the ad consists of two clothed men, with one having his arm around the other.

“The culprit used what appears to be a permanent marker to deface the two men, placing rifle scope marks on their foreheads,” the statement says. “They also wrote the word “GAY” on one of the men’s arms, and a gay slur on the other.”

The statement doesn’t disclose what the slur said.

When contacted by the Washington Blade, a Metro spokesperson released a brief statement confirming the incident occurred.

“Metro’s advertising contractor responded to a report of an ad being vandalized that was received Thursday evening,” said Metro spokesperson Richard Jordan. “The ad was cleaned at 10:20 a.m. Friday. There are no police reports regarding this matter,” Jordan said.

Squirt.Org describes itself in the statement it released about the D.C. Metro vandalism incident as an online site where “men meet other men for sex, fun, and friendship…True to its tagline, ‘Hot ‘n horny hookups,’ is a completely uncensored hookup/cruising site for gay, bi, and curious men who want to skip the pretense of dating and get right to the sex.”

The statement says one of its transit ads posted in Miami was destroyed in an act of vandalism in 2016 in the only other such case reported. But it says the D.C. incident was the first time slurs were written across one of its posters.

“We have never experienced this kind of homophobic vandalism on our billboards before,” the statement quotes Attila Szatmari, the Digital Business Director for’s parent company, Pink Triangle Press, as saying.

“This is our first campaign in Washington, D.C. since the Trump administration came to power and it is very sad to see the change in behavior,” Szatmari says in the statement. “It seems that some people feel that it is okay to spread homophobic messages. The Trump administration needs to work on uniting America and making sure that people feel safe, regardless of their sexual orientation, race, or religious beliefs,” she said.

The statement says as of early this week no one has taken responsibility for the D.C. incident. It says the D.C. Metro ad went up Sept. 4 and will run until Oct. 1.

“ intends to continue to advertise across the United States, including Washington, D.C.,” says the statement.

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

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