On Monday night, a Black gay man was attacked for existing in both of these identities.
Notable actor Jussie Smollett was hospitalized after being assaulted in Chicago by two individuals who also tied a noose around his neck, and who poured an unknown chemical substance on him. The unidentified culprits appear to be Trump supporters who, according to TMZ, yelled at Smollett, “This is MAGA country,” along with hurling racist and homophobic slurs.
A Chicago Police spokesperson told The Daily Beast that the attackers’ genders was unknown (TMZ reported it was two men), and that their faces and hands had been covered. The police spokesperson said it was unknown if, as TMZ reported, they had been wearing ski masks. “There is no report of that being said,” a Chicago Police spokesperson told The Daily Beast of the allegedly shouted, “This is MAGA country.”