July 22, 2009. Silver Spring, Maryland, just on the outskirts of DC, is a the seat of urban sprawl as the community grows right before the resident's very eyes. Its a neat place full of young people, diverse ethnic groups and a safe, family feel. Unfortunately, LGBT residents of SS may not feel as safe today as they did before -- the glass window of an American Apparel clothing store was shattered in what appears to be a hate-motivated crime. The DCist reported today that the shattered window display was that of pro-LGBT t-shirts.
The clothing company released this statement:
"Yesterday an American Apparel store in Silver Spring, Maryland had a window broken by someone upset over the company's support for gay marriage. Our Georgetown location and others in the areas have received similar threats. We just wanted to use this forum here to announce that not only are they not going to prevent us from speaking out on an issue that is important to this company and our employees but we'll continue to run Legalize Gay advertisements in papers across DC-Metro area. We'll also send Legalize Gay t-shirts to any group in Washington DC that is fighting for gay rights and will help support any protest or rally for the cause.We don't find this kind of thing funny and we definitely don't find it intimidating."