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LGBT Center Raises Flag In Wake Of Alleged Hate Crime

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A waving sign of solidarity was raised Wednesday at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Center in Manhattan following a hate crime there last week.

Dozens cheered as a new rainbow flag was raised outside the Greenwich Village institution.

On April 14th, a burning flag was left on the side of the building.

Employees said they've had threatening phone calls and letters before, but nothing like this.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says it's important for the community to come together.

"What we are doing here today is sending a message to that coward who is way too scared to show his or her own face, that we are not going away. We're not going to get out of his or her face, and we are never going to be pushed out of our city," Quinn said.

"It's important for us to come together as a community and show that we're not afraid, and that we're going to stay strong in spite of all the hatred," said one onlooker.

The New York City Police Department Hate Crimes task force is investigating.

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