Columbus Police investigate threat against LGBTQ community as Pride Festival approaches

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Emotions are high in the LGBTQ community after a man threatened a transgender woman on Tinder.  

Columbus police say homeland security officers are now investigating after they received a screen grab from a Tinder conversation. 

It all started with a man using homophobic language towards a trans woman of color.

The conversation then escalated with the man allegedly saying, “I should have flirted with you. Asked to chill. And then killed you. I think the community should start doing that. I’ve been thinking of doing that also.”

Deb Steele with Stonewall Columbus was sadden by the threats.

“It’s horrific. It’s horrible. These threats are awful. I’m happy to hear it’s been reported to the authorities because it can’t be tolerated,” said Steele. 

Wriply Bennet with Black Queer Intersectional Columbus said these types of threats happen all the time.

“I feel hopeful for the work that we are doing to change that because it seems like we’ve been the only ones doing the work. Maybe now that will change, but who knows. I’m not holding my breath,” said Bennet.

Tinder released a statement on Twitter stating what happened was not acceptable. They have deleted the man’s account.

Columbus police plans to address the incident Thursday during a Facebook live.

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