Anti-LGBTQ Fox News commentator Mark Steyn claims that San Francisco is under COVID-19 lockdown because "it’s a big gay town”

By GLAAD |
March 17, 2020

On Monday, anti-LGBTQ commentator and frequent Fox News guest Mark Steyn appeared as a guest host on The Rush Limbaugh Show to discuss the Bay Area’s recent ‘shelter-in-place’ guidelines enforced by local officials due to growing concerns over COVID-19. Joe.My.God. reported on his remarks earlier today.

When reacting to the news, Steyn blamed members of the LGBTQ community for the lockdown:

“San Francisco has just ordered everyone to shelter in place, just to say, ‘Stay in your apartment. Don’t leave your apartment unless you need to go out to a grocery store or to a pharmacy or to a doctor’s.’ Why are they doing that? Why is San Francisco the first to do that? Because they’ve got all the gay guys there.

It’s a big gay town, San Francisco, and they’re the ones with all the compromised immune systems from all the protease inhibitors and all the other stuff. And they don’t want y. all the gays dropping dead on the San Francisco mayor’s watch. So that’s why they’ve got all that sheltering in place there.

And even if it dropped, they all dropped dead on the San Francisco mayor’s watch, if there was a big gay apocalypse, you know, the way this thing is going now, it would be Trump who would get blamed for it anyway.

He’d be — it would be his homophobia that would have struck down all these people in San Francisco. So that’s why they’ve all been ordered to stay home. And it’s not easy staying home.”

This isn’t the first time Steyn has made anti-LGBTQ comments. This past January, Steyn questioned Pete Buttigieg’s sexuality during a segment of The Rush Limbaugh Show: “Do we, are we really sure he’s gay? I mean, he looks like some guy from the accountancy department. He doesn’t — that’s a very non-gay look.” Steyn also made a derogatory comment towards Elizabeth Warren during the segment, stating: “The great repository of diversity now is Elizabeth Warren! The first woman of color. We know she’s, what is she, 1/1,054th of color? Actually, do we know she’s a woman? I mean, who’s to say that’s not all a big scam, too?”

On Monday, Northern California officials ordered that those living in the Bay Area - which is nearly 7 million residents - would be required to stay in their homes as much as possible until April 7 in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.