A gay weatherman from Louisiana recently found himself in an unexpected storm.
David Bernard, meteorologist for New Orleans TV station WVUE, received a homophobic email following recent inaccurate weather forecasts.
“I received a disturbing email yesterday from someone who was upset with the forecast,” he recently wrote on his Facebook page. “After 30 years, I can bear and accept criticism when I’m wrong.”
Bernard added that what he won’t to accept is “personal attacks on me”.
The individual, identified as Stephen LaFrance in the email, sarcastically wrote, “Good job,” followed by a homophobic slur. He added that his ‘electricity’ was out for ‘3 hours’, despite a ‘30% chance of rain’, as if that somehow justified the hate email.
As well as drawing attention to the blatant homophobia that still exists around the world, Bernard took the insult with a tongue-in-cheek response:
“By the way, the word fag has two Gs.”
Following an outpouring of love and support for Bernard, the meteorologist said he is “doing well”, thanks to his support network of friends, family and viewers.
“Being a gay man in public has been tough, especially 30 years ago when I first got on TV, but thanks to the support of so many family, friends and people like you, it’s just got a whole lot easier,” he wrote in a comment to the Facebook post.
Bernard, however, reminded his followers that not all LGBTQ+ people are blessed with a support network.
“Comments like the one in the email are like death by a thousand cuts for those who don’t have that support network in place,” he said.
The meteorologist took the opportunity to share that he made a donation to The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention and crisis intervention among LGBTQ+ youth, and has encouraged others to do the same.
“I invite you to do the same or any other organization that helps those who have less or feel less.”