Homewood salon receives threatening letter for displaying pride flag

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HOMEWOOD, Ala (WIAT) – An investigation is underway after Salon U in Homewood received a threatening letter for displaying a pride flag.

The note reads, “This is not San Francisco or downtown Birmingham. This is Homewood which is a religious and family city. We suggest that you remove that flag before it’s too late. We are concerned citizens. Goodbye.”

Employees at Salon I say they noticed the letter taped outside their door after returning from the worldwide pride celebration in New York City on Monday. The celebration marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. The riots are credited for starting the Gay Pride Movement.

Elizabeth Poellnitz with Salon U says the note will not bring them down.

“It hurts your feelings, but then it made us really strong,” said Poellnitz. “We all immediately came together. We are all on the same page of it not being something we are just going to let go away.” 

The note was reported to Homewood police. Investigators say the department is providing extra patrols around Salon U and they are trying to find the man seen in surveillance video leaving the note on the door.

Support has been pouring in from the Homewood community including businesses, community members and a church.

“It’s really overwhelming. A lot of us have been crying because it’s really nice to hear such positive things that are even bigger than the negative that was said,” said Poellnitz.

Edgewood Presbyterian Church pastor Joe Genau says the church stands behind Salon U.

“We sent cookies and a note. We did that for two reasons. The threatening note they received said that this is Homewood, this is a place of religious people and families. I agree with that, Homewood is predominantly a place of religious people and families, but that doesn’t mean what those folks said it means. For us here at Edgewood, it means openness, and welcome, and curiosity. A place for all people to find a gracious welcome and a loving community” said Genau.

If you have any information about the person responsible for leaving the note you are asked to call Homewood Police at 205-332-6200.

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