An artist and onetime LGBT talk-show host in San Francisco, Tim Gaskin, has popped up in a video that's gone viral after he was heard spewing a homophobic epithet and other angry words at a store employee in the South Bay over a demand that he wear a face mask.

Gaskin, 52, is a third-generation San Franciscan who was once known in SF circles for hobnobbing with then Mayor Gavin Newsom and first wife Kimberly Guilfoyle, for co-founding the local LGBT magazine Gloss and later Benefit, and for a basic cable show he hosted in the early 2000s called "OUT Spoken." He was also named to Newsom's newly formed San Francisco Arts Task Force.

According to his LinkedIn, he's pivoted in recent years into working in importing red meat — something that this outdated online bio suggests he worked in as a young man.

As KPIX notes, Gaskin became known around 2004 as a "somewhat successful painter" who was invited to paint a heart for the "Hearts in San Francisco" project — his heart, shown here on SFGate, depicted Guilfoyle as Frida Kahlo and then SF District Attorney Kamala Harris as Billie Holiday on the opposite side. Gaskin was also invited to paint a room at the Hotel Des Arts in Union Square, which also had rooms done by artists Jeremy Fish and Shepard Fairey. Gaskin, who had sold a number of paintings using celebrity images and popular logos in pop-art fashion, caused a stir by painting the Louis Vuitton logo around the room without the company's permission. He called it a commentary on consumerism and celebrity culture.

The video was shot at a Marshalls store in Campbell, where apparently Gaskin was claiming to have a medical condition that prevented him from wearing a mask. He can be heard calling a store employee (or the person wielding the cellphone camera) a "dumb fuckin' fa**ot" — as in "What's your dumb fuckin' fa**ot problem?" And he refers to "Newsom's law" that will cost the employees "$75,000" for forcing him to wear a mask. He says it's a "health code violation to deny service based on someone's disability."

He can also be heard saying, "Dumb Mexican guy here doesn't know because he doesn't speak English." (ABC 7 has also picked up the video, and so has TMZ, and the gay blog JoeMyGod.)

Following that, the video poster, Eddie House, attempts to get Gaskin to give his name, to which Gaskin replies by saying, "What's your name, boss?" and unzipping his pants as if to expose himself. All the while he is holding a McDonald's soda cup and his tie is askew.

Given Gaskin's relatively high profile in SF over a decade ago, it didn't take long for social media to recognize him — and to point out that he, himself, is gay and shouldn't be slinging gay slurs at store employees.

He has yet to respond to media or comment on the incident, but he has apparently been continuing to post his art — a lot of which lately seems to continue to aggrandize Kamala Harris — on Twitter. A Twitter account with his name and the handle @JockLondon, in use since 2013, has been posting a lot of images in Gaskin's chosen oeuvre — including some Madonna images that look like his work from 16 years ago — for the last several weeks, including the last 24 hours.

Some examples: