July 29, 2014 11:32 am

Longueuil police investigating rainbow flag hate note

MONTREAL — Police are investigating a hate note allegedly left on the door of a family in Longueuil that had a rainbow flag hanging on its balcony.

“Warning,” the note, handwritten in French on lined paper, read.

“For your well-being, remove the homosexual flag immediately, as soon as you receive this letter.”

It went on to say that if the the family took down the flag, it would be left to live its “abominable life” without repercussions.

If not, “you will suffer the consequences of your act.”

A threatening homophobic note allegedly left on the door of a Longueuil family on July 27, 2014.

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The couple apparently came home late Sunday to find the note, which has been shared widely on social media.

The rainbow flag has come to be seen as a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride, and as a sign of solidarity for the LGBT community.

Watch: An interview with the rainbow flag creator

Longueuil police are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect behind the letter. Those with any information should call Info-Crime at 1-800-711-1800.

Gai Écoute provides advice and counselling to the LGBT community in Quebec. It also encourages people to report homophobic acts, and has an anonymous registry where complaints can be made without requiring victims or witnesses to identify themselves.

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