I was hoping to remain silent on the incident at Starbucks but somehow the story found legs and has made its way into the press. I feel I owe my friends an explanation:
Truth be told it was sweet iced tea, not coffee. I am a ‘sweet’ mannered Southern boy who was taught not to start a fight. Nobody ever told me I could not end one. I refused to sit and watch these hate crimes continue. I guess our work for equality is not done yet!
I’m being hailed a hero which is all well and good but I lost my temper. My heroes in life always kept their cool.”
— Leslie Jordan in message posted to his Facebook page to address the recent scuffle with homophobic young men who shouted gay slurs at the patrons of a Starbucks in West Hollywood