Hate mail sent to Nashville gay bars

Posted at 10:07 PM, Oct 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-20 23:13:36-04

At least four gay bars in Nashville have received what some are calling "targeted hate mail" over the course of the last week, leaving bar owners and patrons disgusted and confused.

On Thursday, Melvin Brown, owner of Stirrup, received a flyer in the mail with the letters LGBT on the front of it. But instead of standing for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender, the letters LGBT are portrayed with a picture of the Statue of Liberty, a gun, a beer and an image of President Trump.

The postcard has a "MAGA" stamp on the back of it and has a return address that traces back to an empty lot in downtown Nashville.

"When you put a picture of an assault riffle on there which was used in the Pulse shooting and you mail it to every LGBT bar in Nashville, that is coming from a hateful place. To say that it's disturbing is an understatement," Brown said.

The flyer does not appear to support any political party or candidate in particular.

"The mid-terms are right around the corner and I think somebody is trying to incite a reaction," Brown added.

At least three other gay bars in Nashville also received the flyer last week.