In memory of Lauri Carleton, an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, a personalized rainbow flag has been created. Carleton, the owner of the clothing store Mag.Pi and a mother of nine, was tragically killed after a dispute over the Pride flag hanging outside her store. The suspect, Travis Ikeguchi, dismantled the flag and directed homophobic slurs at Carleton before fatally shooting her. The 27-year-old suspect, who had previously shared anti-LGBTQ+ and antisemitic posts online, was shot dead by the police at the scene.
To honor Carleton’s legacy as a true ally, Flags for Good and the Los Angeles LGBT Center have collaborated to create a Pride flag in her memory. The Magpie Pride flag features a black illustration of a magpie, representing Carleton’s shop name, on a Pride Progress flag. With the purchase of each flag, a donation will be made to support the Lake Arrowhead LGBTQ+ Fund, which aims to promote local and inclusive community-building initiatives.
Joe Hollendoner, CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, expressed the Center’s commitment to continue the fight against right-wing extremism. The flag is available for purchase on the Flags for Good website for $25.
Carleton’s tragic death has led to an outpouring of grief from the local community. The Lake Arrowhead LGBTQ+ community described her as remarkable and a pillar within their community. Her unwavering support for LGBTQ+ rights and dedication to creating a safe and inclusive space in her store touched many lives.
Hollywood director Paul Feig, a friend of Carleton’s, stressed the importance of ending intolerance and hatred towards the LGBTQ+ community. He urged for increased tolerance and love in order to prevent further acts of violence. Other notable figures, such as actor Jill Kargman and Allison Janney, expressed their condolences and denounced the senseless murder.
In the face of this tragedy, the message is clear – standing together against hate and violence is crucial. The legacy of Lauri Carleton serves as a reminder to reject hate, fear, and discrimination in all its forms.
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