Fort Lauderdale Mayor Accosted by Homophobic Slurs at Early Voting Site

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday November 6, 2020

Dean Trantalis
Dean Trantalis  (Source:AP)

The Mayor of Fort Lauderdale was accosted by homophobic slurs at an early voting site, CBS Miami reports.

Dean Trantalis, the city's openly gay mayor, said that while he was at the polling place at Coral Ridge Mall, homophobic slurs were hurled at him through a blow horn. "I encountered a number of people who were there on behalf of the Trump campaign who immediately accosted me, calling me pedophile, started calling me a [homophobic slur] and thought it was fun," he said.

Referring to the group as a fringe element of Trump supporters, "rabble rousers... that felt they could come into our city," Trantalis said he was also targeted at another location closer to where he lives. This time, harassment came in the form of pink flags attached to campaign signs within blocks of his home.

The Mayor hasn't been the only target. A man CBS Miami spoke with, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was shot several times by someone with a paintball gun. The victim said, "I thought I was being shot with a real gun because I saw the gun pointing at me. And when I felt myself get hit and it was just one after another after another, I thought I was being shot." CBS Miami said that the man and a friend were left bruised and shaken by the attack.

Trantalis decried the behavior. "If you can't be respectable, honorable people, you need to take your dog and pony show somewhere else. That's not who we are."

Anyone with information in connection to the paintball attack can contact investigators at Broward Crime Stoppers, at (954) 493-TIPS.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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