Paul W. Thompson said he was traveling home alone from Sidetrack at 3am when he overheard two men muttering anti-gay slurs. "I realized he was saying 'fucking faggots," Thompson told Windy City Times. "He was angry that there were all these 'fucking faggots' on the train." According to Thompson, he confronted the man and told him stop. "I stood up. I never took a step. I never leaned in." Thompson said that the harassment continued for 15 minutes. When Thompson gave directions to a gay couple from out of town to exit at Bryn Mawr, the same man told one person in the couple that gangs in the neighborhood would "beat his faggot ass" and then kicked him as he exited the train. When train doors opened at Thorndale, the man punched Thompson in the face and fled the El.