This LGBT Activist’s House Was Burned Down. Police Now Suspect He Set the Fire Himself

Cops arrested Nikki Joly of Jackson, Michigan, for alleged hoax that resulted in the death of his five pets.  In 2017, prominent Michigan LGBT activist Nikki Joly, a transgender man, was the victim of an apparent hate crime: An unknown arsonist burned down his house, which had two dogs and three cats trapped inside. Some presumed the act was retaliatory—a response to Joly’s successful campaign to persuade the government of Jackson, Michigan, to adopt an anti-discrimination law, for which a local newspaper declared him “Citizen of the Year.”  Now the police finally have a suspect in custody: Joly.  Police have long suspected that Joly set the fire himself, though it took a while to collect sufficient evidence.  Read more: