After Years of Harassment, Gay Couple Finds Out Neighbor is Responsible

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday June 19, 2021
Originally published on June 16, 2021

A married gay couple in Milton, Massachusetts, recently discovered that their neighbor was behind years of homophobic harassment, reported WCVB.

LeeMichael McLean and his husband, Byron Furze, received "countless magazine subscriptions in the mail over a five-year period that were addressed to fictitious, homophobic names," WCVB reports. "The couple was also footed with the bills for those subscriptions."

Over the years, information about who was harassing the couple had grown cold until a handwritten subscription card gave the couple a major clue. The subscription was for "Michelle Fruitzey," a bigotted play on the couple's first and last names.

"McLean shared a photo of the subscription card on social media and gave it to police," WCVB reports. "A good Samaritan was able to find a potential match by comparing the handwriting to the signatures of members of the Milton Town Meeting, a local board that the couple belongs to."

The investigation led to the couple's neighbor. But despite the incident, the couple's surrounding neighbors have since come out in support of them and they are turning the incident into something positive.

Furze and McLean are now raising money for the Milton schools Gay Straight Alliance and giving away T-shirts with the hashtag #iammichellefruitzey with each donation. So far, they have raised $16,000 toward their $25,000 goal.