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LGBTQ activist told to 'stay in closet' by homophobe on a Manhattan subway

Adam Eli recorded the abuser and posted the video to Twitter

2019-09-10

Words: Steve Brown

A gay, Jewish man was subjected to racist and homophobic abuse after the attacker told him to ‘stay in the closet’.

Adam Eli took to Twitter to post a video of the man hurling homophobic abuse towards him while he left a Manhattan subway.

In the video, the man tells him to take off his pink kippah to which Eli asked: “Why? Because I’m gay and wearing a kippah… is that why?”

The man then calls him a ‘Chillul Hashem’ – a Hebrew term for a Jewish person who desecrates the name of God by acting immorally in public.

The homophobe continued: “Any man that lays with another man is an abomination. You’ll be murdered for it. Take the kippah off.”

Eli – who was wearing jeans with a pride patch sewn on – stood his ground and is heard saying: “No! This is my life and my city, I don’t have to take my kippah off.”

The man then follows him out of the subway and shouts: “Stay in the closet! Make sure your closet is in another closet!”

While posting the video onto Twitter, Eli wrote: “To my fellow cis white gays who generally ‘pass’ for being hetro in public: this is whats out there.

“Most of the time we can get on the subway, go for a run or go on a date in peace. That does not mean our struggle for queer liberation is over.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio shared the video and tweeted: “It takes courage to confront homophobia and tell a story like this.

“I’m sorry you had to go through this, Adam. But we’re proud of how you responded.

“There’s no place for hate in this city.”