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Another day, another depressing tale of homophobic bigotry.

During Pride week a Skittles stand in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, was vandalised with homophobic graffiti.

The rainbow-decorated stand, in the Lurgan branch of Tesco, promoted Pride and was adorned with rainbows to indicate support for the LGBT+ community. But sadly, this stand was vandalised with the words “gay shame” in black marker.

An officer from the Police Service of Northern Ireland responded to the incident via the force’s Facebook page.

These ugly sentiments have no place in society. We were made aware of this hate crime yesterday in Lurgan whilst dealing with an unrelated incident.

To highlight the mindset of the people who still push these views, the suspect chose a shop with some of the best CCTV in the country. We’ll be having a chat soon.

Hate crime of any form has no place in society. Respect and tolerance are the very least that should be afforded to a fellow human being. If you see hate crime, speak up. Inaction breeds further action. To say nothing is to support it

According to reports from Belfast Live, the incident happened on the same day as Pride in London.

Since 2015, Skittles has lost all its colours during June to mark Pride month, replacing it with monochrome packaging, and donating about 2p per packet to LGBT+ charities. This year, LGBT+ hotline Switchboard will be a beneficiary.

H/T: PinkNews

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