The owners of My Sister’s Room, a lesbian bar in Atlanta, are asking for help in finding the person responsible for vandalizing the property.
Jen Maguire, who owns the bar along with her wife, Jami, took the message to Instagram live on Wednesday, telling followers that the bar has been vandalized “not once, not twice, but actually five times” since opening in its new location at 1104 Crescent Ave.
In the video, Maguire shares footage of the building’s exterior, splashed with red, yellow, blue, and white paint from the most recent incident. She also says that in prior incidents, the individual has thrown eggs onto the patio.
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“I’m not sure what we did to this individual that they feel the need to throw red, blue, white, yellow paint,” she says. “If we’ve done something to you, and you’re upset, please reach out to me or Jami or one of the employees at MSR.”
Maguire is offering a $500 reward for anyone who has information on the person or persons responsible for the incident. She says that the bar is working with the Atlanta police to identify the culprits.
The staff at the bar have worked hard “to make this a cool spot,” Maguire says, “and it’s just really frustrating every time we come here that there is wet paint all over our building.”
My Sister’s Room is one of only 21 known lesbian bars that remain in the country, as identified by the Lesbian Bar Project, which aims to raise awareness of the remaining spaces.
Last Friday, Yellow Brick Road Pub in Tulsa, one of the other remaining bars, was completely destroyed in a fire. The owners have said they plan to rebuild.