Cape May Business Owner Calls Out Local Anti-Gay Acts of Hate
A Cape May business owner took to a Facebook group page this week to point out anti-gay harassment and hatred he says he has experienced in Cape May, and I thought you might be interested in hearing what he has to say.
Cape May has an reputation as being one of the most progressive and gay-friendly towns in South Jersey, but this post indicates that much work still needs to be done.
Davis James has been the co-owner of Fine Fellows Creamery, an ice cream shop on Beach Avenue in Cape May, for the past five years. James, who is openly gay, says he loves the city, but he is calling for an end to the hateful speech and actions targeting him for his sexuality.
Using the social media post, James recounts stories of gay pride flags being repeatedly stolen, stickers promoting gay pride ripped from his store, and,most recently, a group of men yelling anti-gay slurs at him from a car window.
James pledges that such hateful acts will only make him stronger...
As a proud gay American I assure you this will not be an act that scares us into silence, but instead will inspire us to be open about the hate filled experiences we live everyday, and make the flags a bit bigger.
Here is the Facebook post David James wrote on the Cool Cape May page concerning anti-gay behavior he has encountered in Cape May...
"Please allow me to share an experience in cape may that needs your attention. I am a local business owner and have been one of the first to hang a pride flag in our wonderful town in solidarity with LGBT Americans. Over the past few years we experienced mostly love and lots of smiles about our visible pride. However we have also experienced our flags being stolen and window sticker getting ripped from our businesses windows.
All of our flags have been taken from our window boxes, happens I guess, but again our well glued window sticker has been torn from our window and this past weekend in front of our customers and employees a car of young men yelled anti gay slurs out their window to us. This is unacceptable; we hope you, as people who enjoy our wonderful town, speak out against this hatred and bigotry when you see it.
As a proud gay American I assure you this will not be an act that scares us into silence, but instead will inspire us to be open about the hate filled experiences we live everyday, and make the flags a bit bigger. We ask you to embrace everyone, and do what you can to stop this awful behavior."