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Rehoboth Beach Guest House has its pride in desecrated property – Instinct Magazine

The sleepy LGBTQ paradise of Rehoboth Beach, DE got a little shaken up last week when one of their beloved LGBT owned and operated businesses was vandalized. According to the police statement via the Washington Blade) “Jordan Reed, 23, of Rehoboth, Delaware, was arrested Wednesday afternoon [Feb. 2] following a police investigation into two separate incidents of trespassing and criminal mischief,” the police statement said. “On Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Rehoboth Beach Police were called to the second block of Maryland Avenue to a disorderly subject who entered a residential property, removed a flag from the porch, and buried it in the snow,” output continues.

Jordan Reed posted on Facebook the photo of him taken by Rehoboth police at the time of his arrest. (Photo courtesy of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department)

Conversely, in another joint statement released on February 4, the Rehoboth Guest House and David Mariner, Executive Director of CAMP Rehoboth, expressed deep concern that Rehoboth Police have failed to file the incident as a true hate crime (as it included the desecration of a Pride Flag) hung outside the Rehoboth Guest House, a “LGBT-owned and operated business and a popular destination for the LGBTQ community”. The statement further said “In a video provided to the police, Jordan Reed removes the flag, steps on the flag and buries the flag in the snow”, the statement continues. “In the hi-res version of the video, you can also see Reed spitting on his hands and rubbing the pin in the flag before burying it,” says the statement.

Photo Courtesy-Hotels.com/Rehoboth Beach Guest House

While Rehoboth Beach Guest House innkeeper and property manager Tom Kelch appreciates the quick action of the police in this case, he is also apprehensive that the perpetrator will return to the crime scene to commit another potentially fatal act of violence against someone. on the property in the future. Not only did Kelch take note that the attacker reposted his mugshot as his Facebook profile picture, but he also noticed (according to the Washington Blade) that Reed’s Facebook page “includes photos of a handgun and comments suggesting he will not appear for his court appearance for the arrest related to the rainbow flag incident.”

In a twist of irony, Tom Kelch published an article in Letters, CAMP Rehoboth’s publication on the same day, as Kelch eloquently puts it, as “the hateful person attached the pride of bed and breakfast”. In his article, Kelch explains how several years ago he started his own research project on Rehoboth Beach Guest House (which he himself “loved and managed since July 2013”). Kelch then provided an oral history of this historic Rehoboth Beach business, going back over a century in his research.

As to why the incident was not initially classified as a hate crime, the Washington Blade received a statement from the Rehoboth Beach Police Department which said “The Rehoboth Police Department is currently working with the Delaware Department of Justice, Civil Rights and Public Trust Division, to determine whether the acts committed by Jordan Reed on February 1, 2022 meet the criteria for a hate crime. based on current Delaware law. “, says the statement.

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