A Gay Dad Described How A Stranger Terrified His Kids With Anti-Gay Rhetoric

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04/13/2022

It was supposed to be a fun family train ride up the California coast, a spring break getaway for Robbie Pierce, his husband, and their two young children. They’d been enjoying watching the coastline speed by through their window until, Pierce said, the family was accosted by a man who accused the couple of stealing their children and called them “pedophiles.” “All of a sudden there was a man there, just standing there and shouting,” Pierce told BuzzFeed News in an interview. “‘Remember what I told you! They stole you! They’re pedophiles!’ At that point I was like, this is something really awful and homophobic.” The incident occurred Tuesday night as the Amtrak train made a stop in Diridon Station in San Jose, California, Pierce said. The verbal attack immediately caused both of his children, ages 5 and 6, to burst into tears while the unidentified man continued to shout attacks at the couple. Pierce detailed much of the encounter on a Twitter thread that night, along with his concerns about the spread of hateful rhetoric. The tweets have garnered thousands of likes and retweets.

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