A pizza cart in Columbus, Ohio, gave a pair of gay customers a warm, yummy feeling in their tummies Saturday night when it turned away a man who had accosted them in line.
Something incredible happened last night. After a fun night out Ethan and I were in line at the Mikey’s Late Night Slice Truck (surprise!) in the Short North. It was really cold so we were holding hands and standing close together laughing and joking about all the fun we’d had. The guy in front of us turns around and tells us to cut our gay shit out.
I didn’t expect what happened next but almost every single person in that line made it known to him it was not ok for him to speak to us like that. Granted he was caught between two homos, so John Warner and I let him know this was our city too and let him have it, but the straight people who spoke up were so awesome.
The best part, though, was as he grew more irate and vocal the guys who work the truck told him they would not serve him because he was spewing hate and that he should get out of line.
As I walked away with my pizza all I could think about was “THAT’S IT!” Every person who spoke up to defend us including the pizza guys representing their business was doing their part to make hate a thing of the past. We must never forget to speak up and make our voices heard no matter where we find ourselves. No slut sauce for you mr. homophobe.
Mikey owners’ responded to Diaz’s praise via Facebook:
Thank you, Joel Diaz, for sharing the account of your experience at our truck this past weekend. We can’t tell you how proud we are of our truck workers that night for speaking up and doing the right thing. We are also immensely grateful for the kind words and support for us that has emerged since the post first went up.We are humbled by the attention that this whole thing has gotten us. But we feel that the greatest recognition belongs to our neighborhood as a whole, here in the Short North. By accounts, there was no shortage of locals willing to speak up and intervene when the incident occurred. It is so wonderfully comforting to know that the hearts of our neighbors are filled with kindness and tolerance.
Thank you again, Joel, for sharing. And also to our fellow Short North denizens for standing beside your neighbors and speaking up for what’s right.
Aw man— if Mikey’s delivered to New York we’d totally buy, like, five pies from them!
Source: Daily Kos