But O’Dell said he and Stone wanted to turn “this terrible act of hate” into something positive for the local LGBTQ community.
“Regardless of how much hate there was in this one single act, something good is going to come out of it and love always wins in the end,” he said.
The couple has since set up a Facebook fundraiser for the Dayton-area nonprofit Have A Gay Day. That fundraiser has since raised more than $5,000.
“If you’re struggling with who you are, regardless of how you identify yourself, there are people out there that will support you,” O’Dell said of the nonprofit’s mission. “And there are people there to help you through those tough times, you don’t have to do it alone.”
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