Nelson Moses Lassiter was excited about coming to terms with his sexuality. He imagined that, upon venturing out into the gay scene, he'd encounter a world more accepting than the one he was used to. What he discovered was not unlike the one he came from, though.
I cannot count the number of times that I have seen an LGBTQ person fall under attack, whether verbal or physical, and begin to use racial slurs to attack the other person. It seems as if that is the "break in case of emergency" for many LGBTQ people in America.