An unknown vandal scrawled the slur “fags” across an advertisement for a Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C. holiday concert posted in the Longworth House Office Building.
According to the chorus' director of marketing Craig Cipollini, the flier, which was tacked to a bulletin board outside the Creamery, told HOH that a congressional staffer and friend of the chorus who works in Longworth noticed the aberration upon arriving at work Wednesday morning.
“We’re not sure, but it looks like it happened Tuesday evening or late Tuesday afternoon,” he said of the defacement.
It would appear that upon spotting the offensive term, another party attempted to rectify the wrong by scribbling over the derogatory remark with permanent marker.
Cipollini said a chorus member who also works on the Hill notified personnel with the Chief Administrative Officer of the House about the violation, but did not bring it to the attention of law enforcement.
The Capitol Police did not respond to an email query regarding the frequency of vandalism on campus and what the protocol is for following up on this type of antisocial behavior. Cipollini said he'd not heard back about involvement of the chief administrative officer.
“Sometimes we hear stories of bullying and vandalism at the area high schools we visit,” the chorus' Executive Director Chase Maggiano said in a statement . “But it’s pretty surprising to see this happen on Capitol Hill. This tells us that we still have equality work to do right in our own backyard.”