Robbie Pierce wrote about what happened to him, his husband, and their six- and five-year-old children while riding on an Amtrak train. Pierce said they were approached by a man they didn’t know who shouted at the six-year-old: “Remember what I told you. They stole you. They’re pedophiles.”
Pierce told the man to “get away from my family,” and the man allegedly responded: “Family? That’s not a family! You’re both rapists. You steal Black and Asian kids.”
“You guys aren’t natural,” the man continued as the children cried. “Homosexuals are an abomination. They steal and rape kids.”
Pierce said that he took the kids to another car while his husband dealt with the man. A conductor came and further distracted the man.
He said that his children “cried for almost an hour.” During that time, he asked his son if he had seen the man before and the son said that the man had already confronted him when he went to the bathroom.
“Yet we’re the groomers,” Pierce wrote sardonically.
According to Pierce, no one in the car helped. Several people gave what he called “sympathetic looks” or came up to him later to apologize.
The man was arrested for refusing to leave the train, according to Pierce.
Pierce said that this isn’t the first time he and his family have been shouted at by homophobic strangers, but this is the first time that they have been called pedophiles, something he believes is a product of the current political climate.
“We’ve dealt with this brand of terrifying homophobic stranger before with our son,” he wrote. “But ‘pedophiles’ and ‘rapists’ were new in the mix, at least out loud.”
“We all know where that comes from. So thanks to Fox [News and CEO Rupert] Murdoch, JK Rowling [and Rep.] Marjorie Taylor Green, to the senators and priests and everyone else who harms kids and thinks it’s politically expedient to project onto gentle families like mine to stir up their lucrative culture war.”