Cow Carcass Dumped At Woman’s Home After Hanging Rainbow Flags, Victim Alleges Hate Crime

Johnson City, Tennessee, resident Gaelyn Porter says she was the victim of a suspected hate crime.

Porter says she was startled from her sleep early Monday morning when she heard someone shouting “Throw it out!” from outside her bedroom window.

When she glanced out the window, she spotted a large white diesel truck taking off down the street.

Not thinking much of it, she went back to bed.

The next morning, Porter discovered that someone had dumped a rotting cow carcass in front of her property at 100 W. Maple St.

She also found someone had also scattered approximately 70 nails near her residence’s vehicle.

“I don’t know what motivation they would have for doing something like this,” she tells the Johnson City Press. “No one here has any enemies. Why would they be so hateful?”

Porter believes the hateful actions have something to do with the 10 rainbow flags she recently hung around her front porch, actions she thinks stem from the current “national political climate”.

Porter filed a police report and an animal control officer came to dispose of the carcass.

Johnson City Press writes:

I refuse to let something like this make me live in fear,” she said. “I’m not going to take my flags down. In fact, I’m going to put up more, and I hope everyone else does, too.”

Members of the South Side Neighborhood Organization, which works within the Tree Streets neighborhood, will be selling flags for $5 to people in the area who want to show support for Porter and members of the LGTBQ community.

“It’s definitely not OK, and it doesn’t belong in our neighborhood,” said SNO’s Amber Floyd Lee about the motive behind the incidents.

Those flags, rainbow flags with peace signs, will be available through the Tree Streets Facebook page. All proceeds from the sale of the flags will go to the Tennessee Human Rights Campaign.