The vice mayor of Campbell, Calif., who is gay, said he was verbally harassed by a woman as he was headed toward the annual Oktoberfest.
Evan Low said that at first he wasn't sure whether the woman was joking or not, but eventually realized after several minutes of verbal assault that the situation was not a joke.
"She pointed her finger at me in the shape of a gun and said, 'Bang [gay slur] die. Go back to China, you will die,'" Low said to NBC News.
While serving as vice mayor, Low also works for state assemblyman Paul Fong. Low was Campbell's first Chinese-American city council member and the first openly gay one, and was elected mayor for 2010 at age 26. Campbell, which is in the Bay Area, is a suburb of San Jose.
"Even without knowing I was [vice] mayor, several bystanders came to my defense, jeering back at her, telling her to stop and one person even spit on her car," Low said.