The mayor of Holyoke Massachusetts, Alex Morse, receives a lot of homophobic notes and tweets daily, because his state is, mildly speaking, not the most LGBT-friendly in the USA. But the latest note is beyond all the limits – it said that the Mayor’s ‘lifestyle’ had made him a selfish person. It reads: “Alex, you are one of the most selfish people I know due to your ‘gay’ lifestyle… You are going down.” The Mayor says it to be enough to make him afraid for his safety and even life.
He said: “It’s a more threatening message than usual, and given the context of the culture that seems to have been elevated since the Trump election, I thought it was important to shine a light on this language and behaviour. It’s different than writing a note that says, ‘I don’t support gay marriage,’ or ‘I don’t support rights for someone.’ But to demean someone’s humanity based on their sexuality takes it to another level.” Going on, he said he felt people of colour felt let down by the result, and that they would be even less protected by their government. That’s a pretty disappointing feeling,” he added. “It’s more important than ever before to speak out and come together.” The Mayor added that he would definitely report to the police about the note.