JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- It's a hurtful slur Monte Kingstone never thought he would find on his Jacksonville Beach home. "It makes you feel violated, called out and very angry," Kingstone said.
But Friday night anti-gay grafitti was spray painted in white on his driveway. "Being a gay man, that appeared to me to be a hate crime," he said.
The vandalism has since been cleaned up, but the word started with the letter F. We blurred the video of the damage because Action News does not use or promote that kind of language. "I am not the type of person to out myself, but sometimes you have to take a stand," said Kingstone.
The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is investigating this as a criminal mischief case. Kingstone believes a teenager he told to get out of his driveway may be responsible.
"There is no local law protecting us, we turned it down. That's one of the reasons I decided to move. You see my house is for sale. I built a beautiful home here, but I want to leave because I feel Jacksonville is not the kind of place I want to live," said Kingstone.
Though the slur is now gone, Kingstone says the damage he feels can't be repaired so easily. If you have any information that can help police with this case, call Duval County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.