Lauri Carleton: ally shot dead over Pride Flag

lauri Carleton
Lauri Carleton, Mag Pi clothing store. Images: Mountain Provisions Cooperative, Facebook.

Fierce LGBTQIA+ ally, 66-year-old Lauri Carleton, was shot dead Friday night over a Pride flag she displayed outside her shop.

Lauri Carleton owned the Mag Pi clothing store in Cedar Glen, California. After receiving reports of a shooting, police arrived to find her wounded. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said she was pronounced dead at the scene.

A person suspected of the shooting fled the scene on foot. The suspect subsequently died in an armed confrontation with police.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said a Pride flag outside Lauri’s store triggered the incident.

“Through further investigation, detectives learned the suspect made several disparaging remarks about a rainbow flag that stood outside the store before shooting Carleton.”


Friends paid tribute to Lauri Carleton on social media.

Lake Arrowhead LGBTQ posted that Lauri helped everyone.

Today was a very sad day for Lake Arrowhead and for the LGBTQ community. Our friend and supporter Lauri Carleton @magpi_shop was murdered defending her lgbtq+ Pride flags in front of her store in Cedar Glen California. Lauri did not identify as LGBTQ+, but spent her time helping & advocating for everyone in the community.

Mountain Provisions Cooperative encouraged everyone to fly their flags in honour of Lauri.

Lauri was a pillar in our community, an immovable force in her values for equality, love, and justice. If you knew Lauri you know she loved hard, laughed often, and nurtured and protected those she cared about. She was a force, she loved to crack jokes and wanted to live as joyful of a life as possible. We will continue to stand for the values she so selflessly stood for. Her death will not be in vain 💗

Fly your flags in honor of Lauri 🏳️‍🌈 love will prevail. Please respect the privacy and be respectful of family and friends grieving this horrific loss 💔

Sending love to our entire community, especially our queer community. Stay safe friends.

Also: Beyoncé honours gay man murdered in suspected hate crime.

For the latest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) news in Australia, visit Check out our latest magazines or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at

QNews, Brisbane Gay, App, Gay App, LGBTI, LGBTI News, Gay Australia


  1. Georgina Brown
    23 August 2023

    Life NO parole to killer…very sad xx

    • 23 August 2023

      Ask and thou shall receive Georgina. Definitely no parole in this case. The killer, who it turns out had a history of anti-LGBT social media posting and personal harassment, died in a shoot-out with police about an hour after he shot Lauri.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *