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'We do not tolerate hate': Tempe mayor responds to drag story hour bomb threat

Published: Monday, February 20, 2023 - 5:32pm

Since opening last year, Brick Road Coffee in Tempe has established itself as a safe space for the LGBTQ community. On Sunday, they hosted their first drag story hour of the year but had to evacuate mid-event when Tempe Police informed them of a bomb threat.

The bomb threat was made over the internet, prompting the event to shift to an online format. Drag performer Felicia Minor went on to host the story hour via livestream on multiple platforms.

In a statement, Tempe Mayor Corey Woods said the threat was called in by a hate group.

“We do not tolerate hate toward our LGBTQ community and we stand up for the people and businesses who champion inclusion,” Woods said.

Woods said Tempe does not tolerate hate toward the LGBTQ community, and “no person or group has a right to create chaos and spread hate” in the city.

Woods’ full statement:

This Sunday, I visited one of our local businesses after a bomb threat was called in by a hate group during a drag story hour. Let me be completely clear - no person or group has a right to create chaos and spread hate in our community. Tempe Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are actively investigating this incident.

In just a couple of years, the business that was targeted has hosted public forums, raised funds for several non-profits and so much more. Their events are always well-attended, open to everyone and intended to bring people together.

This inclusive spirit has led to numerous recognitions and accolades, including Neighborhood Business of the Year after being nominated by Tempe residents due to their incredible local involvement. Just last month, they were honored with an MLK Diversity Award. In addition, they are active in Tempe Leadership.

In Tempe we celebrate, respect and protect our diverse communities and businesses. We do not tolerate hate toward our LGBTQ community and we stand up for the people and businesses who champion inclusion. My office is committed to advancing and advocating for a community of kindness, compassion, and understanding for everyone.

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