Vandals write on pride sign in downtown Tulsa, Dennis R Neill Equality Center issues statement

TULSA, Okla. — The pride sign in downtown Tulsa has been removed.

The Dennis R Neill Equality Center took down the sign after it was vandalized.

The center posted about the sign on Facebook, saying “this is an act of intimidating and an attempt to scare us out of being who we are. We have fought too long to be able to call this Pride Street and we will not back down.”

The city has been notified about this vandalism.

We are saddened to report that two of the Pride Street signs have been vandalized. Our staff tried to remove the...

Posted by Dennis R Neill Equality Center on Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Toby Jenkins with Oklahomans for Equality told FOX23 that they purchased backup signs when they first received the Tulsa Pride street signs in 2018. The backup signs were purchased for moments like these.

Unfortunately, these signs were the backup ones.

Because the signs are privately owned, public funding cannot replace them. They’re searching for more signs now.

This is the second time in less than two weeks that these street signs have been damaged.

Jenkins also said that this isn’t the first time the organization has been faced with vandalism. Murals have been defaced in the past, and their buildings were shot at once before.

The shooting left behind 14 bullets, and the center now has bullet-resistant glass.