Gay senator forced into hiding after homophobic threats

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New Mexico state senator Jacob Candelaria has been forced to flee his home and go into hiding with his husband after he received a series of homophobic threats for criticising a maskless Republican event.

Candelaria, who represented New Mexico’s District 26, was the first gay man to ever serve in the New Mexico state legislature.

He has held his position for three terms, and is currently running for re-election. But he began to receive threatening phone calls after publicly criticising “a super spreader event at the state capital” held by the New Mexico Republican party, where attendees did not wear masks or practice social distancing.

Candelaria soon began receiving threatening, homophobic phone calls. In one posted to Twitter, a man called the state senator a “d**k-sucking, piece of s**t Democrat f**k head”.

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