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Hate campaign Locals slam another act of 'homophobic hate' in offensive poster in Waterford City

It follows a number of incidents in the city that saw Pride flags that replaced those burnt in an alleged arson attack cut down

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The poster that has appeared in Waterford City

The poster that has appeared in Waterford City

The poster that has appeared in Waterford City

Another act of “homophobic hate” has been highlighted in Waterford City where Pride flags that were recently replaced after being burnt in an alleged arson attack were cut down. 

In a new Twitter post a person has attached a picture of a poster in a window depicting a man and a woman in wedding outfits with the words, “It’s Natural, it’s worked for thousands of year. And you can make babies.”

The tweeter added: “Homophobic hate on show in Waterford City again tonight - covered the place in ‘straight pride’ posters. This follows the burning of a Pride flag and the cutting down of the replacement Pride flag in just over a week. #Pride

People have replied: “his is absolutely awful” and “what on earth is going on in Waterford? And do they realise that they have made this look a bit like a trans flag?”

Another adds: “Wonder who even agreed to print these.”

It follows a number of recent incidents in the city that saw Pride flags that replaced those burnt in an alleged arson attack cut down.

Earlier this month, flags had been erected to mark “Pride of the Déise” - a celebration of the LGBTQ community in the county.

Last week, the Mayor of Waterford, Damien Geoghegan, announced they had been removed for the second time in a week.

“Once again it’s my sad duty to report that the Pride Flags were cut down overnight and removed from the flagpoles on The Mall. A truly despicable act,” he said on Twitter.

“It’s now once again in the hands of the gardaí.”

The flags, which are located outside the Menapia Building, on The Mall, were previously burnt overnight.

They were replaced later in the week.

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A man in his 40s was arrested in relation to the burning of Pride flags. Gardaí said the man has been charged with a count of criminal damage and is due to appear at Waterford District Court, on July 6.

Speaking to RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Geoghegan described the incident as “a deliberate act of hate against the LGBTQ community”.

“This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated in 2021.

“Pride is celebrated because members of that community still come under attack on occasion so it's important that we do show solidarity, and we do fly flags at Pride during the month of June, and it's my intention to see those flags back on the Mall.”

Inspector Gavin Hegarty, from Waterford Garda Station, said it was important for gardaí to show their support for the event.

“For us [Pride is] one of our biggest months of the year, coming together as a community to support everybody. It’s important for us to support all members of our community no matter what their background or whatever their views on the world might be.”

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