“Queers Hate Techies” graffiti by the group “Gay Shame” is oft-seen across the Mission District, but now that message has a new target: local political club offices.
Vandalism of the clubs, Yes in My Back Yard and Grow SF — which have recently supported moderate Democrats like state Senate candidate Scott Wiener — was discovered Thursday by Laura Clark, executive director of Grow SF, when she found the door to an office housing both those organizations was vandalized.
The door had knife scratches in cross-hatch patterns, and stickers reading “Queers Hate Techies” plastered across it. A spray-painted stencil reading “Queers Hate Techies” was on the sidewalk directly in front of their door.
Clark told the San Francisco Examiner they’ve only had the office for three months, and this is the first time it’s been vandalized.
“This kind of abusive behavior towards women in politics seems to be on the rise,” Clark said, adding, “I take my cues from other strong women leaders: When they go low, we go high.”
Gay Shame posters in the Mission also frequently critique technology sector angel investor Ron Conway.
When shown photos of the vandalism, Conway told the Examiner, “Of course, I think it’s terrible.”
Gay Shame did not immediately respond to requests for comment. It is unclear if the office was vandalized by Gay Shame, but the vandalism echoes their past messaging.
Though this is the first time a physical location of Grow SF was targeted, the group’s leadership and their allies –– like Wiener –– have been featured in Gay Shame posters before. The group accuses them of being aligned with policies that they claim lead to displacement of San Franciscans.
One poster, which features Wiener and Supervisors David Campos, as well as Clark and SF BARF leader Sonja Trauss, accuses them of “standing up for the most marginalized people in SF: white billionaire techies who want a condo in the Mission.”
Wiener and Grow SF, on the other hand, say their policies of building more housing will lead to the abatement of The City’s rental crisis.
On a Facebook event related to a Grow SF phone banking for political causes Nov. 2, Clark wrote to Gay Shame, “While you’re welcome to stop by and harass me personally anytime, that night there will be volunteer phone bankers for Vote16 and the BART Bond using the space as well. They are mostly teenagers getting involved in local politics for the first time, so try to keep it PG-13.”
Gay Shame’s Facebook account replied, “Laura, still trying to tell trans/queer/GNC/POC/ poor people what to do, You really do keep it klan, huh?”
Clark is also a vice president of the Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club. As the Examiner previously reported, the club recently received a $200,000 contribution from Progress SF, a state political action committee that has received more than $1 million this year from tech and real estate leaders.
RFK is supporting the front-running moderate Democrat candidates in supervisor District 1 and District 11 races, and is the leading third-party spender in the former race.