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Bullies Target Queer Tower Grove Couple over Rainbow Flag; Post Address, Slurs on Craigslist

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Two men harassed a queer couple because their rainbow flag has stars and stripes.
Neighbors and activists are taking a stand against the homophobic bullies who harassed a queer Tower Grove East couple last week over their gay pride flag.

Meg Hensley, 27, says she and her partner were leaving for work when two men in a truck pulled up and angrily yelled that their stars-and-stripes rainbow flag "defaced" the American flag. When the men parked in front of her house, Hensley called police and left, hoping that would be the end.

"It's not the first time I've been called a gay slur," says Hensley. "I live in the midwest. It happens."

Then things got weird. The bullies posted Hensley's address and a photo of her front porch on Craigslist in a post raging against the "carpet-munching cunt" couple.

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Meg Hensley found her address and homophobic slurs posted about her on Craigslist.
"Obviously, this guy is watching us," Hensley tells the Daily RFT. "For him to go online and guide people to my house and encourage other people to harass me is terrifying."

Hensley wouldn't have known about the Craigslist rant except for a worried good Samaritan who used the post to find Hensley's house and leave her a warning note.

"She said, 'You need to look at Craigslist, I saw a dangerous post online about you,'" Hensley remembers.

Neighbors and LGBT activists were outraged. Plans for a rally emerged, and Sayer Johnson at Metro Trans Umbrella Group organized a small demonstration on South Grand. About 15 people braved the cold to hold signs and rainbow flags showing the homophobic bullies were outnumbered.

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Protesters demonstrate against LGBT bullying on South Grand.
"It feels good to know my neighbors are looking out for me," she says. "I don't know what this guy is capable of. We had a mix of LGBT community people and neighbors coming out and showing that kind of behavior isn't tolerated in Tower Grove."

Hensley says she and her partner, Kendan Elliott, a 34-year-old transgender man, are still afraid of the angry energy the homophobic men are directing at them.

"It's scary. I don't know who else is going to find my house," Hensley says.

Continue reading for the text of the now-deleted Craigslist rant against Hensley and Elliott.


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lammers3
lammers3

The only knockoff version of the American flag that offended me was the one with president Obozo's face in the field of blue! I bet though if these gals had an American flag with a big pot leaf on it saying legalize in Missouri that would be all good though. Although I like my weed too, I can careless who has who in who's bed. As long as it is legal and consensual we need to mind our own damn lives. Sincerely from a heterosexual male!

kristinscudder
kristinscudder

I wonder if these same bigots were as upset by the Teabagger makeover of the American Flag. How about Sarah Palins American Flag?

Joshua Rodgers
Joshua Rodgers

Riverfront times is a trash magazine! Want a more professional paper? It may just be the whirl ...lust kidding. I can't look St that one but FUCK YOU rft. There was a day when that was an arrestable offense. But now, its only illegal to want to pray on TV. Got seen fags. Now burn the flag

James Madison
James Madison

Did he ever claim to be sinless? Nope. In Acts, Peter is told, "Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean." Hence, what was unclean became clean, according to the NT. It is rather foolish for a non-Believer to try to use the Bible as their reference source in a debate. You cannot appreciate the meaning of "love the sinner, hate the sin." You have closed your heart to that ideal. Most of us can and do appreciate it. Something you may never know.

Troy Spurlock
Troy Spurlock

Man am I glad I don't live in backwards ass Missouri anymore.

Le Renée
Le Renée

Noooo, it's just latent bigotry.

Jim Funderburk
Jim Funderburk

I'm sure Phil commits plenty of sins as we all do. The law is given to be as a mirror to show us all that none of us can keep it. Our only hope is the blood of our Savior. Out of respect we try to be more like Him all of our days. We are human and flawed from birth. So when some put more emphasis on some of the laws over others it is their limitation. The most important part of the comment he made in response to the questions is that we should first love God and then love each other. Naming a sin as wrong is not hate on another human.

Todd Alan
Todd Alan

The same ppl I'm guessing the same person above is moved when the football field size flag is displayed at super bowls, 9/11 memorials etc. her own link says a flag should never be held horizontal. But one should also note this isn't a copy of the American flag, noting the number of stripes, but rather simply adding the stars to the Pride flag. But many can't be bothered with facts

Todd Alan
Todd Alan

Really? Only thing some took from the story is they are "disrespecting " the American flag? They put the US flag on fireworks, lunch boxes, socks, cigarette lighters condoms and underwear I don't think u have a valid argument.

Le Renée
Le Renée

and yet he eats pork and has tattoos...also sins in the Bible. Strange what sins we focus on...............

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

but the gays are the first ones to sue a bakery for not making a gay wedding cake. the "tolerance" doesn't work in the other direction.

Michael Mytzlplyk
Michael Mytzlplyk

Call the police and make a full report. They can track the poster down by the I.P. address and open an investigation and criminal and civil charges can be filed because of the law that it is now illegal to harass someone electronically.

James Madison
James Madison

Robertson simply quoted the Bible. He has no hatred towards homosexuals. He hates the sin of homosexuality. Some will never understand the difference. Love the sinner, but hate the sin. You can love the drunk, but hate their drinking. Choice versus being born that way? There is a thing called predisposition, but that aside, homosexuals make a choice to engage in homosexual acts. That is all Mr. Robertson was talking about.

James Madison
James Madison

Has anyone proven her complaint is true? There's no doubt it is plausible, but in light of the waitress who smear the reputation of fine couple, we should really have the allegations verified.

Brian Brown
Brian Brown

Of course you would say that with your business name as your name

Stl FloorlayersInc
Stl FloorlayersInc

I'm not gay, but don't have a problem with those who are...some of the coolest ppl I have met we're gay. It's their business, let them be and be happy.

Earnie Timmerman
Earnie Timmerman

If they find the guys please sterilize them immediately.

Sean Albert
Sean Albert

At least the neighbors did the right thing, I may not agree with some of the choices homosexuals make, but that alone is no reason to harass them.

Sean Albert
Sean Albert

Adam they can't find new news. STL Post-Dispatch is all over that. They just simply get what they deserve, the news that nobody cares to hear.

Sean Albert
Sean Albert

You ignorant pricks. Phil Robertson is not a homophobe. He simply expressed his opinion. I actually read RFT, But not anymore! I can't believe you would even say anything like this.

Jason Lash
Jason Lash

Wow.. RFT, you really let me down on this one... just a few ideas here.... Stop posting articles multiple time's. Fire who is in charge of your caption/headlines. stop jumping on national media bs bandwagons. If you keep feeding the racial/bigotry hunger it wont stop. Just drop it Thank you and merry Christmas.

Ninjuwusu Jfcraig
Ninjuwusu Jfcraig

they wanted to be seen.........thats why they hung that gross bed-sheet out for the world to see how they hate america, by changing the flag to insult us.....the people....

Ninjuwusu Jfcraig
Ninjuwusu Jfcraig

the flag was wrong..........point blank......wrong...........it was a disrespect to america........i believe they were the bullies.

Todd Alan
Todd Alan

What part of a series titled "In Case You Missed It" don't you all understand? It's kinda self explanatory why hey are rerunning a story that had hundreds of responses

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

Adam what else is the RFT to do but stir the pot.

Adam Usher
Adam Usher

Why are you guys bringing up old news. This was from DEC. 16th. LET IT GO!!! Stop stirring the pot.

Kristy Cognac Creighton
Kristy Cognac Creighton

By completely ignoring the fact that they were targeted on Craigslist with your initial comment, Slic. You can have any opinion you want on the flag. The story about the action taken against them. Silence speaks volumes. I've seen lots of comments on easier postings about this, stating that the commenter was unhappy with the flag, but denouncing the actions that the bigots took. You ignored the main premise of the story altogether.

Kenneth Snyder
Kenneth Snyder

"Who is the real criminal? " Glad you asked. Making physical threats against someone is a crime. Being gay and flying a gay pride flag are not crimes. Soooo..... Also, I don't see it as defacing the flag. This was never an actual American, just a flag made to resemble the American flag. I know... semantics. Either way, still not illegal. But let's talk about the real problem. Sure, I think what the bullies did was offensive, but that's not the issue. Both sides are constantly getting up in arms over something the other side does or says when they should just accept that not everyone is going to agree with their position. But here's a little lesson on the First Amendment. You have the right to free speech. Threatening harm against others is not protected speech. A gay pride flag resembling the American flag is protected speech. You have the right to be offended by free speech. You do not have the right to not be offended by free speech. And, finally, you do not have the right to not be criticized for your free speech. Personally, I think people would be much happier if they didn't waste their energy being offended by what others say or believe. But, it's a free country, you are free to be offended!

Laura Hamm
Laura Hamm

Who cares about flag desecration? What about people desecration?

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

Don't waste your time, SlicRic. If you don't agree with everything they say you are automatically a bigot.

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

how exactly did I defend the action of these idiots?????

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Must be one of them made in america flags and not a store bought chinese one

Vanessa Balon-Wahler
Vanessa Balon-Wahler

I am sorry that ignorant people are harrassing them. People should be allowed to live in peace. However, I do agree that they are desecrating our flag.

Anna Probst
Anna Probst

You dont want to give them too much press, but you're gunna repost it five times!

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

You're missing my point, their are still some Americans that take flag desecration very seriously, that's why their are laws against it. I'm not condoning what a couple of boneheads did, but to disrespect our flag in this manner isn't cool.

RK Kittenbitz
RK Kittenbitz

Just because YOU are offended Slick, doesn't mean it's all about you.

Andee Rose Shymama Gagliano
Andee Rose Shymama Gagliano

read the article. the couple was threatened. then the "bullies" posted a picture of the couple's house, with their address, on craigslist encouraging others to harass them, too. i'd be scared, too.

Rob Gudermuth
Rob Gudermuth

Usually they say they're doing it in the name of Jesus. But I'm pretty sure that Jesus is pretty liberal

Kristy Cognac Creighton
Kristy Cognac Creighton

They were targeted with an ad on Craigslist directing other hateful bigots where to find them. These rejects didn't just shout a gay slur out their window, SlicRic. They were targeted. Your defense of such an action tells me exactly who you are and probably why the ad the bigots put up was dangerous in the first place. Bravo to the neighbors and the woman who tracked the couple down warn them! Love will (hopefully) always trump bigoted Neanderthals.

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