Fire at Decatur gender clinic was intentional, being investigated as hate crime

The Decatur Fire Department confirmed on Jan. 26 that a fire at a gender clinic inside a historic building was intentionally set.

As first reported by Decaturish, records show that fire investigators are probing whether an arsonist targeted a gender-affirming medical clinic at the historic Blair Building on Oct. 30, 2023. The city denied our request for police body camera footage from the incident, citing an ongoing investigation. Decaturish has continued to press the city for the release of this information.

The Blair Building is a pink-painted structure located at 215 Church Street behind Twain’s restaurant. It’s home to several medical providers, including QMed/QueerMed, which specializes in “gender-affirming care for transgender and nonbinary individuals.”

A Decatur Police report indicates QMed was the victim of the Oct. 30 fire, which is being investigated as a first-degree arson, which is a felony. The report contains several images that have been redacted.

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