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Gay-rights memorial vandalized in West Hollywood

April 6, 2009 | 12:16 am

West Hollywood officials are trying to figure out who vandalized trees at a memorial for two gay-rights pioneers. WeHo News has details:

Sometime on Thursday night, and again on Saturday night, vandals desecrated two trees honoring two of the gay community’s icons in the West Hollywood’s Matthew Shepard Human Rights Triangle at Crescent Heights and Santa Monica Boulevard.

The trees, one a flowering Chinese Magnolia and the other a California Live Oak, suffered considerable damage in the attacks.

Morris Kight, who died just weeks after his tree’s planting in 2002, was honored at that time for his pioneering of the gay movement; founding Gay Pride, co-founding the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, Stonewall Democratic Club are just a sampling of his achievement.

-- Shelby Grad