Gay Jewish Man Records Harassment Outside Subway Station

Erica Brosnan
September 10, 2019 - 1:10 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Support is flooding in for a gay Jewish man who filmed himself being relentlessly harassed at a subway station in Manhattan.

The incident happened Monday as Adam Eli was leaving the 28th Street subway station in Chelsea, according to his Twitter thread.

“I got harassed, followed and threatened on the street today. Someone was upset that I was wearing a pink kippah, carrying a purse and had a pride patch sewn onto my jeans,” Eli wrote in the original post.

In the video, the harasser can be heard screaming for Eli to take off his kippah, telling him he is “desecrating the name of God.”

In several follow up tweets, Eli noted that he was sharing the video of the harassment because he spent years coming to terms with his “queer Jewish identity.”

He also used the incident as a teachable moment to remind New Yorkers of the harassment faced everyday by transmen, transwomen and gender non-conforming people.

The posts gained the attention of Mayor Bill de Blasio who praised Eli for sharing his experience, saying, “It takes courage to confront homophobia and tell a story like this.”

He continued saying, “There’s no place for hate in this city.”