Gay St. Petersburg couple targeted with hate mail after election

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A gay St. Petersburg couple received hate mail after the election.

John Gascot still can’t believe the letter someone sent him. It arrived in the mail Saturday. “I’m frustrated, really frustrated that people think this is okay, and what a coward move it is,” Gascot said.

The anonymous writer starts off attacking Gascot and his husband. The letter also talks about the couple’s political views.

“The election is over,” it reads. “You lost on all counts.” The person was referencing the Hillary Clinton and other political signs still in the yard.

The letter then targets the their sexuality.

“You can question my political choices all day long. It’s America, that’s what we do. But to then put into the letter all this personal stuff, that’s what makes it disturbing,” Gascot said.

He thinks it could be a neighbor. “It mentions that when our porch light is on. It mentions trash day, whether we put the trash day on the correct day or not. And it mentions Christmas lights,” Gascot explained.

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward. “It’s a mean letter. It uses derogatory language and it certainly not anything somebody wants to receives, but it’s not a crime at this point,” St. Petersburg Police Department Spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said.

Gascot said the letter will not break his spirit.

“Who do you think you are? You know? And how tiny are you that you have to send an anonymous letter instead of just walking up and knocking on my door and be like, ‘Hey, it’s time to take the signs down,’” he said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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