Trump supporters branded him a ‘f*g’ and a paedophile, but this gay mayor is defiant after winning re-election
The re-elected mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has vowed to stand up to hatred after facing horrific homophobic abuse on the campaign trail.
Dean Trantalis, the city’s first openly gay mayor, was returned to office by voters on November 3, despite a night of mostly-difficult results for Democrats across Florida.
Fort Lauderdale mayor was subjected to vile homophobic abuse
In an interview with CBS Miami, Trantalis spoke about being subjected to targeted harassment from Trump voters while at an early voting location.
He said: “I encountered a number of people who were there on behalf of the Trump campaign who immediately accosted me, calling me paedophile, started calling me a f***ot and thought it was fun.”
Trantalis said there were several other incidents of ‘dog whistle’ homophobia during the battle.
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