Mayor of Mass. Town Gets Threatening Note Over 'Gay Lifestyle'

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(EDGE) An openly gay mayor of a Massachusetts town said he received a threatening note that takes aim at his "gay lifestyle," the Boston Globe reports.

Alex Morse, mayor of Holyoke, Mass., (about 90 miles west of Boston) said he found the disturbing note at his home last week.

"Alex, you are one of the most selfish people that I know due to your 'gay' lifestyle," the note reads. "You are going down."

The message was anonymous, with no return address and no name signed.

Morse, who has been mayor since 2011, posted the note on his Facebook Friday, saying he wanted to make the message public to bring awareness to challenges that will come in the wake of Donald Trump being elected president.

"It's a more threatening message than usual, and given the context of the culture that seems to have been elevated since the Trump election, I thought it was important to shine a light on this language and behavior," Morse told the Boston Globe. "It's different than writing a note that says, 'I don't support gay marriage,' or 'I don't support rights for someone.' But to demean someone's humanity based on their sexuality takes it to another level."

Morse, who became the youngest mayor of Holyoke at age 22, added people have been emboldened by Trump's win and that people of color, members of the LGBTQ community and other minorities are concerned the government won't protect them.

"That's a pretty disappointing feeling," the mayor told the Boston Globe. "It's more important than ever before to speak out and come together."

Morse said he will talk to Holyoke's police chief about the message.

An openly gay mayor of a Massachusetts town said he received a threatening note that takes aim at his "gay lifestyle," the Boston Globe reports.

Alex Morse, mayor of Holyoke, Mass., (about 90 miles west of Boston) said he found the disturbing note at his home last week.

"Alex, you are one of the most selfish people that I know due to your 'gay' lifestyle," the note reads. "You are going down."

The message was anonymous, with no return address and no name signed.

Morse, who has been mayor since 2011, posted the note on his Facebook Friday, saying he wanted to make the message public to bring awareness to challenges that will come in the wake of Donald Trump being elected president.

"It's a more threatening message than usual, and given the context of the culture that seems to have been elevated since the Trump election, I thought it was important to shine a light on this language and behavior," Morse told the Boston Globe. "It's different than writing a note that says, 'I don't support gay marriage,' or 'I don't support rights for someone.' But to demean someone's humanity based on their sexuality takes it to another level."

Morse, who became the youngest mayor of Holyoke at age 22, added people have been emboldened by Trump's win and that people of color, members of the LGBTQ community and other minorities are concerned the government won't protect them.

"That's a pretty disappointing feeling," the mayor told the Boston Globe. "It's more important than ever before to speak out and come together."

Morse said he will talk to Holyoke's police chief about the message.


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