“At that point, I knew I needed to get home and I walked away as quickly as possible.”

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Gus

“Dear PoPville,

Just a heads up: I took my dog on a walk today. I live in NoMa but felt like checking out the inauguration crowds so I walked him up to union station.

At first, everything seemed to be going fine, but after walking around union station area for a couple minutes, a man in a Trump shirt, hat, and Georgians for Trump button came over to me. He must have noticed my dog’s rainbow leash because he asked if I am a “faggot” and when I did not respond, he proceeded to tell me that he hopes “Trump puts all the gays in jail.” At that point, I knew I needed to get home and I walked away as quickly as possible.”

8 Comment

  • Glad you are OK.

  • I’m sorry you experienced that. I’m glad you and your dog were able to walk away.

  • Why didn’t you just say “Yup, and when is your return ticket to Nowheresville?” After you asked when he was going to come out of the closet?

    Don’t let these ignoramuses have power over you on your home turf! You really are loved!

    • Power. Turf. Seriously. I’m sorry but as a gay man who is also in law enforcement this is horrible advice. Being safe, and removing oneself from an unknown and potentially dangerous situation is never a bad choice. Thankful the poster is ok and hope that people realize that one is not responsible for standing up every time.

  • I’m so sorry. I am upset that this happened in DC, but you dealt with it well. Hopefully this guy will go back home shortly.

  • I went for a run around some of the entrance points this morning just to gawk and had a couple instances of Trump supporters shouting at me, including “fag”. Not that I was wearing or doing anything political, literally just jogging. But I guess that’s enough to trigger them.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I was often made fun of in all sorts of ways while running (usually “Run Forrest Run!” or similar, but sometimes also using words like “fag,” sometimes spitting out car windows at me) in pretty much all non-urban areas where I’ve ever lived. For whatever it’s worth, the impression that I got was that they just weren’t into running, found some dude just randomly running down the street for no immediately obvious reason kind of odd, and used “fag” as a generalized slur for making fun of somebody, without actually intending to communicate anything about my sexuality. And this was in a decidedly less political place and time. Not that it makes their mocking somebody who is just minding their own business running, or calling anybody “fag” under any circumstances, ok, but you sound actually perplexed by that encounter, so anyway, that has been my experience from about 25 years of running outside of big cities (actually, I’ve encountered it in cities too, mainly in non-gentrified areas where a young white guy running down the street in workout gear is still somewhat of a curiosity)

  • This one is kind of hard to believe.

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