Gay man stands up to anti-gay preacher on NYC subway, train full of people applauds (video)

I can’t believe I teared up watching this video.  Apparently New York has been plagued by nutjob evangelical preachers on their subway trains.  They corner people, like little religious hostages, in subway cars, and yell at them about how they’re all going to hell.

Well, one gay New Yorker wasn’t going to take the anti-gay diatribe from the anti-gay bigot evangelical accosting his subway car.  He stood up and shouted the man down, and then something wonderful happened. The entire car of NYC commuters applauded the gay man.

“What the hell are you teaching our children?” the evangelical bigot is yelling at the car-full of commuters, in the middle of an anti-gay diatribe.

The unidentified gay man who yelled down the anti-gay evangelical bigot on the NYC subway.

The unidentified gay man who yelled down the anti-gay evangelical bigot on the NYC subway.

The gay man yells over him, “You are bad and full of hate. You are false.  You are a false prophet. Do not listen to this man, he’s scared, he’s full of hatred.”

This goes on for almost two minutes – the preacher screaming, and the gay man talking over him.

“You see, one thing I come to tell you. You can’t put two men together. Man don’t got no breasts, man got penises. Man supposed to be man. Two man got penises.”

At this point, the gay guy had had it.  He jumps back up from his seat and says, “I am a man. And I’m a good man.  And I’m a gay man.  And Jesus loves me. Jesus loves me. Jesus…”

At this point, you hear another guy say “yeah!” and the entire train starts applauding the gay man. I actually teared up.

Here’s an enhanced image of the train, with the evangelical bigot in the middle, standing up, with his hand in the air, and the gay man to the right in the light brown jacket with the Russian hat on.

What a great story.  Video is below.


And here’s the full video – the real fun starts about 1:30 into the video:

H/t to NYMag for finding this.

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75 Responses to “Gay man stands up to anti-gay preacher on NYC subway, train full of people applauds (video)”

  1. Mr.Pink says:

    Do you know how hard it is to relay actual facts to these people, and have them be quiet, listen, and acknowledge these facts? Do you know how hard it would have been to explain to that man that homosexuality is natural and serves a purpose? It is true, and is explained quite easily to people who are prepared to listen; but few are.

  2. Mr.Pink says:

    I agree with this and would also like to ask all the Christians out there who ARE for LGBT equality and have all these gay friends; what are you doing to convince your hateful, genocidal majority that they are wrong and you are right? Do you even question them? I detest all religion, but if a Christian or Muslim who IS pro-gay makes a genuine effort to help, then I will respect them. If not, they are mere bystanders and perpetuaters of ideological poison and are not deserved of respect no matter how many gay friends you have.

  3. marvin nubwaxer says:

    gays don’t need to advocate for their cause. they aren’t pushing a gay agenda on people. the guy was just reacting to provocation.

  4. marvin nubwaxer says:

    where are the atheists and gays out spreading their gospel? have they ever come to your door with their books and pamphlets trying to persuade you or scare you into accepting their beliefs. do you find them all over the world on their missionary crusades?
    the more zealous a person is in their religious beliefs the more dangerous they are–jim jones, suicide bombers anticipating their milk and honey and virgins in paradise. just a quick couple of examples off the top of my head. gun nuts, keep your guns at home and away from me. same with your cults of jesus and mohammed. i don’t want it, don’t need it, can’t use it, thank you very much. what, you still want to insist i listen? then it’s STFU or i might just have to pop you one in the nose.

  5. mark_in_toronto says:

    Interesting that you thought I was speaking ONLY of the USA. I wasn’t singling out ANY country, but one has to admit that they’re just nicer about it here.
    And like the USA, there has been talk of succession for decades. Texas comes to mind.
    Finally . . . don’t be such a drama queen . . . lecturing . . . flying apart . . . relax man.

  6. karmanot says:

    True, I suspect that at my age one’s sense of humor becomes too solipstic.

  7. Jafafa Hots says:

    There’s a legitimate sense?

  8. Jafafa Hots says:

    Oh, gotcha. I enjoy most of yours too, but I find you hard to “read” sometimes, if you get my meaning.

  9. karmanot says:


  10. karmanot says:

    Because that’s the facts. If you miised the point about a subway mother and her fear of strangers around her daughter then you missed the point. Further, I would suggest you might have a racial ‘problem’ if reporting the FACTS is a problem. I weighed 150 IBS. She weighted about 350 IBS—does that help you out?

  11. karmanot says:

    That’s right. I like to hunt down arrows. I always enjoy your comments and was being ironic.

  12. Ben Richard says:

    Well, the new testament–the part that Christianity is supposed to follow–says nothing about homosexuality at all. It preaches that you are supposed to love humanity and help people.
    People who use Christianity as an excuse to hate people are basically ignoring what the religion is about. Jesus was a super hippy, and his basic message was “make (platonic) love, not war”. He didn’t say anything about abortion or homosexuality or any of the issues that the bigots and preachers use to justify their hate.

  13. Ben Richard says:

    Don’t let the people below bother you. I’m a gay, transgender atheist, but most of my good friends are Christians. They are, in fact, some of the most progressive people I know. Prejudice can go both ways, and no one should ever judge a whole group based off a couple bad seeds.

  14. PretenderNx01 says:

    Because conservatives have managed to create some fallacy that life is “black vs gay” as if gays are never black or black people are never gay.

    A lot of churches have fallen into the neo-con plot to divide and conquer. First it’s the idea of Blacks vs Gays, now the GOP is actively courting the Latino-American population hoping to get the homophobic votes with promises of “traditional Latino family values” as if their are no gay Latinos.

    That’s why you’ll hear so much about how being gay “isn’t the same” as being a person of color and then arguments about who has it worse, like it’s a contest.

  15. PretenderNx01 says:

    The same way the GOP does, just pick and choose whatever floats your boat.

    Southern Baptist bibles have all kinds of rules about sexuality but nothing against eating pork and catfish? Everyone ignores some part of the Bible, even believers.

  16. Mark Lysle says:

    Amen! I would’ve pointed out how evangelical Christianity is dooming millions upon millions to the very Lake of Fire they like threatening us all with, because they’re not serving Christ or God, but a man in a three-piece suit who learned long ago that there’s big money to be made off the gullibility of easily-frightened people.

  17. why am I not surprised the hateful freak is black?

  18. NYer says:

    How was his comment self-righteous? Because he used big words?

  19. A love how you folks down-voted this person for being a Christian, and don’t claim you didn’t. This person made a clear statement of “I am a Christian, and I don’t agree with the hateful man”. Check yourself, and examine your own prejudices. People are down-voting Cece and making rude comments (karmanot for example) for no other reason than Cece being a Christian.

    Cece, I am not a Christian, but I am gay, and I appreciate that you rebel against these anti-gay bigots. Don’t let these asshats get you down.

  20. welllahdeedah says:

    I gave you this down arrow for your self-righteous speech. Internet votes be damned, because they matter so very much.

  21. Jafafa Hots says:

    It seemed to make sense when I thought of it, but now that you put it that way…
    ,,, it still makes sense.

    Yes, I would prefer a world where my enemies are the self-deceived ones and my friends are not.

  22. Jafafa Hots says:

    If you click on the down arrow you’ll see it was not me who downvoted you.

    I apologize if I am misunderstanding and when you state “you impress me as” you were not referring to my words, but rather to just the existence of that little down arrow that I had nothing to do with.

  23. Jafafa Hots says:

    Wouldn’t that be “the after re-birth?”

  24. BeccaM says:

    It’s simple. It’s called inference. If a man’s wife is lumped in with his slaves and farm animals, it implies — in a specific sense — that her status is equivalent to a man’s possessions.

    It’s basic logic. One of the first things a rhetoric and dialectic course will teach.

  25. dz says:

    And you had to mention this woman’s size and race why?

  26. Jimmyjoebillybob says:

    I don’t really dispute your argument, but how does a document “specifically imply” something? If it were specific, it wouldn’t be implied. If it’s implied, it is, by definition, not specific.

    Just sayin’.

  27. jimmyjoebillibob says:

    It’s more like Bronze of Iron age, I believe.

  28. Butch1 says:

    Where’s a “hungry lion” when you need one? ;-)

  29. karmanot says:

    Spin the crucifix in Sunday School.

  30. karmanot says:

    I don’t know JA. “The Handmaiden’s Tale” still haunts me. Every time I think of what’s happening in Michigan or Arizona I just wonder.

  31. karmanot says:

    Ah, little down arrow. Thank you for the notice. I see that you are not a fan/groupie of Socrates ( or Plato for that matter). You impress me as more a Diogenes type. You know, the dude who wore barrels or walked naked through the streets of Athens and took massive dumps in public to gather an audience. It is said he never did find an honest down arrow.

  32. karmanot says:

    Explain born again. What do you do with the after birth?

  33. karmanot says:

    Nicho, I meant the Watership Down hoppers on the Sonoma Co. Trail.

  34. karmanot says:

    I am so there…a rodeo clown? OMG hilarious.

  35. karmanot says:


  36. karmanot says:

    “it’s just proof that they’re doing god’s work. They can’t lose.” Then it’s only logical by their own paradigm to crucify them and make them victims.

  37. karmanot says:

    Never forget to say ‘Jesus loves you” as an escape plan.

  38. milli2 says:

    I miss the city sometimes.

  39. Edwin says:

    The video gave me chills. So beautiful to see someone stand up against hatred and ignorance.

  40. TuxedoCartman says:

    So how exactly do you choose which parts of the Bible to follow, and which parts to ignore?

  41. TuxedoCartman says:

    Exactly this. And when I have to figure out which best represents a religion, when on one hand you’ve got supposedly kind and generous souls, and on the other shrieking zealots enforcing a stone-age patriarchy, I find it’s best to turn to the source material itself.

    The Bible.

    Have you actually read it? I’m sorry, but the screeching zealots seem to hold closer to the true intent than the wubby-dubby Jesus followers do. Sure, there’s some nice things said in there… love your neighbor, and all that. But I say a hundred nice things a day, and yet I feel people might take notice and judge me harshly if amongst those nice things I talk about beating my slave, or that uppity women who talk back really need a good stoning. And they’d be right to judge me thusly. So why does your religion get a free pass, travis, just because you refuse to acknowledge the bad side of it?

  42. judybrowni says:

    As well as the so-called “Christians” who assassinate doctors and nurses, I would hope.

    But who knows.

  43. 7 train says:

    The truth is… We should peach pro gay instead… “Gay is good, gay is the future!”… Something like that… :)

  44. goulo says:

    The gay man may have been simply intentionally framing it in terms the preacher could (theoretically) understand, pointing out the inconsistency in the preacher’s own position of claiming to reflect Jesus’s principles and God’s love for mankind etc. That is probably more effective than simply telling the preacher that his entire religion is bogus.

  45. nicho says:

    Simon Magus or any of the other religious charlatans who dominate the news cycle these days — from the pope to any of the catholic bishops –to the mormons — to the evengelicals, etc. etc. etc.

  46. nicho says:

    Actually, my sister lived across the street from a “pastor,” who walked around in clerical garb and preached nonsense to anyone who would listen — most wouldn’t — and whose family was on welfare. He had been ordained by a rodeo clown. — seriously

  47. JozefAL says:

    Or, for a more realistic example, Afghanistan under the Taliban.

  48. Cece Bloom says:

    I hope that people don’t believe this is what all Christians think. As a born again believer, I find this “preacher of the good news” so very offensive :(

  49. Blogvader says:

    Yes, Tennessee, the land where superstition must be given equal class time to actual science.

  50. Skeptical Cicada says:

    I suggest dealing with Anglo-Canadian hatred of Quebecois before prancing about the world lecturing other people about unity. The only reason you have a conservative prime minister today is because progressive Anglo-Canadians refuse to form a coalition with the Bloc Quebecois in parliament.

    I also seem to recall quite a bit of shouting between progressive Torontonians and that Canadian Tea Party nut you elected mayor.

    So let’s hear a bit less self-satisfied Canadian sanctimony, shall we?

  51. keirmeister says:

    I don’t think any of these people are actual “preachers” in the legitimate sense. They’re all over the NY subways, and they are usually CRAAAAZY. Strangely enough, they’re almost always Jamaican.

    But ahhh, New York. Sometimes I really miss it – the energy AND the weirdness. But not for this crap. Sometimes, a man just wants to read in peace and quiet on a train. :)

  52. mark_in_toronto says:

    From subway trains to Congress, yelling at your fellow citizens seems to be the problem – not the solution.

  53. kingstonbears says:

    And yet another “pastor” who got his training and diploma from the University of A**hole Tennessee.

  54. BeccaM says:

    Last I checked, there were 10 ‘commandments’, and one of them specifically implied that women were property with status equivalent to slaves and farm animals.

    I imagine what the world would look like if everyone followed that particular commandment, and end up with Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

  55. I once told a crazy subway preacher to shut up — this was ages ago, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t even say anything rational and atheistic such as “There is no God” — and the subway car turned against me (dirty looks, pitying shakes of the head), even though prior to that, everyone was rolling their eyes or actively trying to ignore this guy.

  56. Jafafa Hots says:

    Oh and one more thing, about those seven commandments:
    1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

    No, the world is not better when people value fantasy over reality.

    7. Honor your father and mother
    Some people dads abandoned them, like mine. Others’ raped them, beat them or instilled their minds with religious-based shame or hatred. Some fathers disown, throw out of the house or even kill their gay sons.
    Some people’s mothers abandon them, like mine, and run off with serial killers. etc. etc.

    Honoring your parents can be great and the best, most appropriate thing to do in many cases.
    In many cases the best thing you can do is escape them, or file charges against them, etc.

    As for the others – be honest, don’t hurt others, etc. – those are GREAT.
    Guess what – you don’t need religion to follow them – you don’t even need religion to know them instinctively. We have empathy. Religion quite often causes people to kill, because religion “others” people. That’s part of its reason for being – to have an in group and an out group. Same way gay people are “othered” – most vociferously by religion. It’s not a bug, its a feature.

    You even “other” people in your assertion about “true Christians.”

    And as far as Christian Bashing, please come back and complain when every president has been non-Christian, and when atheists have pointy buildings on every street corner in which they claim everyone not like them deserves hellfire – instead of teh reality, where atheists are THE MOST DESPISED minority in the nation – more hated than gays and lesbians.

    Come cry about your massive power-holding majority being the target of “bashing” THEN.

  57. Jafafa Hots says:

    Please look up the “no true Scotsman” fallacy.
    The nice Christians are Christians. The asshole Christians are Christians.
    There are an infinite number of interpretations of the Bible, which of course is just one many religious texts.

    That man says his religion supports what he says. You say your religion supports what you say.

    That places the two of you in exactly the same position – arguing that your own personal feelings and opinions are NOT just your own personal feelings and opinions, but SUPER MAGICAL, “reason the universe exists” ones.

    Love inspired fantasy and hate inspired fantasy are both still fantasies.
    The only way civil rights happen is when we stop legislating based on religious fantasy, period – NOT by choosing the “better” faith.

  58. pappyvet says:

    “To sin by silence, when we
    should protest,Makes cowards out of men.The human race has climbed on protest. Had no voice been raised against injustice,
    ignorance, and lust,The inquisition yet would serve the law,And guillotines
    decide our least disputes. The few who dare, must speak and speak again to right
    the wrongs of many. Call no chain strong, which holds one rusted link. Call no land free, that holds
    one fettered slave. ” ELLA WHEELER WILCOX
    Bravo that brave American who stood against the hatred and all those who stood with him.

  59. PJBFan says:

    A false prophet this preacher is not, I do not think, but rather Simon Magus, someone who wishes to use God to further his own ends.

  60. travis says:

    Its pretty messed up that everyone attacks christians just becuase there is a few bad eggs. Thats the same as every other nation hating America because we have a few screwed up people. I’m a christian and I have gay friends, real christians know not to judge others because it’s no ones place to judge anyone. Everyone is always talking about there being peace, happiness and prosperity. To be quite honest if everyone in the world were true christians there would be just that. Don’t believe me? Look up the 7 commandments, after reading each one, imagine what the world would be like if everyone followed that commandment.

  61. FunMe says:

    More than anti-gay, that so-called “preacher” sounded CRAZY!

  62. FunMe says:

    So true! LOL

  63. karmanot says:

    Yep, but it can be edgy at times. Once, long ago, very early in the morning returning in full leather from the bars we sat in a virtually empty car, except for a hugh black woman and her lively little daughter, who took delight in our gear with its shiny chrome elerments and came running over to touch the sparkle. Her mother freaked out and screamed at us……scenes like that can go South very quickly.

  64. nicho says:

    That’s exactly why I wear mine.

  65. karmanot says:

    Same here John, Russian rabbit. But since moving to CA I don’t wear it because it offends fur sensibilities.

  66. karmanot says:

    I know, but for Christ’s Sake, have you ever been in a NY subway? It does not encourage Socratic discourse.

  67. Drew2u says:

    Wow, that was really missing J.H.’s point. J.H. brought up a fact versus fantasy argument, not an enemies versus friends argument.

  68. Just an elbow says:

    So you would prefer a world full of self deceived enemies as opposed to friends? How sad for you.

  69. Drew2u says:

    I think that’s what is disturbing me about the video more than anything else.

  70. Jafafa Hots says:

    I don’t find two people arguing about how an imaginary being feels about genitals to be inspiring.

    Would have been nice if the anti-bigot had an argument based in reality, instead of just arguing about which opinion that magic man in the sky has.

  71. wtf2 says:

    When, oh when, will people learn to record in landscape, not portrait?

  72. nicho says:

    The problem is that KKKristians have a Catch 22. If you call them out on their lies, it’s just proof that they’re doing god’s work. They can’t lose.

  73. ComradeRutherford says:

    I lived in NYC for almost 20 years and I’d see crazy preachers like that all the time. This is one of the things I love about NYC.

  74. LOL yeah I got one of those from Russia when I was 19. Sadly it’s a tad too small for my head. They’re sweatingly warm.

  75. jharp says:

    Cool hat too.

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