It was a sunny day last week when it finally happened, the thing Jay had left his small, conservative hometown in the South to avoid — hate. He came here to be his full self. But it was the pink mask and Birkenstock sandals the man singled out as he verbally assaulted the 31-year-old on the Yellow Line last week, using slurs targeting gay people, ranting about monkeypox and advancing into Jay’s personal space as the train stopped in a tunnel.
Monkeypox-fueled hate echoes the HIV/AIDS era, even in rainbow cities
August 19, 2022