A man allegedly vandalized Stonewall Warehouse last Friday night as the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Asexual (LGBTQIA) bar kicked off its weekend celebration.
The bar was celebrating the historic June 26 Supreme Court decision and the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the establishment’s namesake when a white male ripped down pride flags hung from the roof of the bar around 10:30 p.m., said Chris Rue, Stonewall Warehouse general manager.
Witnesses identified a man’s picture captured by security cameras in an adjacent bar as the vandal, Rue said.
The man gained access to the flags by jumping from the roof of an adjacent bar onto Stonewall Warehouse, Rue said.
Rue lined the roof of Stonewall Warehouse with rainbow-colored pride flags Friday morning in celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn state bans on same-sex marriages, he said. Rue said he additionally raised the flags in honor of the June 28 anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
Rue said the vandal should pay the consequences for the crime he committed.
“People need to be made aware that is not acceptable behavior,” Rue said. “There are a few bad apples, and they need to be plucked from the tree.”
Rue said he has encountered open discrimination in San Marcos only a few times, calling the recent act of vandalism an “isolated incident.”
He believes the community as a whole is made up of tolerant, accepting people.
“(San Marcos) is a great place raise a family— a straight or gay family,” Rue said.