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I was verbally assaulted with an anti-gay slur. At first I was angry, then I felt relief

I was verbally assaulted with an anti-gay slur. At first I was angry, then I felt relief

A few weeks ago I was bicycling past St. Vincent's Medical Center on 3rd Street when a man yelled “faggot” at me. I caught his face — thin, bearded and sneering — before he sped his car in the opposite direction. Though the whole interaction, if one can call it that, lasted just a split second, I kept replaying it in my mind.

My first thought was: How did he know that I'm gay? I am a 56-year-old man, wearing a helmet, khakis, a button-down shirt, tie, and running shoes. Nothing stylish. No visible tattoos, piercings or tinted hair (that's all mainstream now anyway, isn't it?). So no, OK, he couldn't have known. Maybe “faggot” was just his...

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