Anti-gay vandalism becomes art

“Stacks of vandalized books at the San Francisco Public Library are being transformed into symbols of hope and tolerance instead of symbols of hate.”

“In early 2001, library staff in the main and Chinatown branches began to discover books that had been slashed beyond repair. The common thread of the vandalized books was that most dealt mainly with gay and lesbian topics, as well as women’s health and AIDS.”

“The assault on the books left disturbing images: faces with the eyes and mouth cut out in repetitive almond-shaped gaps, multiple copies of the same book slashed in almost exactly the same manner.”

“By the time 46-year-old security guard John Perkyns was stopped by a librarian-turned-investigator in September 2002, he had irreversibly damaged 607 books.” (from The San Fransisco Examiner)