Gay billboard vandalized

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A billboard featuring a gay marine that was part of a campaign for National Coming Out Day next month was ripped to shreds by vandals.

WMC-TV reports the Memphis billboard had pictured a gay marine and read, "I'm gay and I protected your freedom."

It was destroyed Friday night.

Police have not said whether thre are suspects in custody.

The Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center plans to rally against the vandalism.

National Coming Out Day takes place annually on October 11. Its purpose is to promote understanding of issues affecting the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community in the Mid-South.

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Information from: WMC-TV, http://www.wmctv.com/

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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