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Protester Teargasses San Diego Pride Parade

[SAN DIEGO, CA] -- A protester threw a tear gas grenade at marchers in the San Diego Pride parade on July 24. After the canister detonated, four people were taken to the hospital and around a dozen others were treated at the scene, including seven children and a pregnant woman. The grenade was believed to be military issue, and police are checking its serial number, but no arrests or leads have been announced. San Diego's BGLT community has offered a $12,000 reward for information leading to the perpetrator's arrest.

The grenade was thrown as the Family Matters contingent passed. That group, a local chapter of the national Family Pride Coalition, included many children and grandparents. Among those hospitalized was a three-year-old girl with asthma. The parade resumed within 20 minutes of the attack.

"This is an example of the increasing incidence of hate crimes against our community," said San Diego Lesbian and Gay Pride Executive Director Mandy Shultz. The greater San Diego area has recently experienced intense controversy over guarantees of equal treatment for lesbian and gay students in public schools. Last year, openly lesbian City Councilmember Christine Kehoe made a strong showing in a bid to unseat a Republican member of the state House.

-- (Source: PlanetOut)

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