Gay couple says they were forced to sit in the back of the bus for holding hands

  • metta

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    Aug 03, 2013 3:38 PM GMT
    Gay couple says they were forced to sit in the back of the bus for holding hands



    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/08/couple-says-they-were-forced-to-the-back-of-the-bus-because-theyre-gay/

    Gay couple forced to back of bus

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    Aug 03, 2013 5:59 PM GMT
    F'n ridiculous. They should have punched him in the face. Maybe if enough gays used all those big muscles for some good, we could scare enough people to stop fucking with us already. It worked for the blacks! LOL I'm just kidding, but there is some truth there.
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    Aug 03, 2013 6:02 PM GMT
    Yeah, but the "back of the bus" is where all the good stuff happens! icon_biggrin.gif

    And safer, too! Traffic accident wise.
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    Aug 03, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
    Operative phrase, emphasis added: "Gay couple says..."
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    Aug 03, 2013 6:16 PM GMT
    They weren't forced. The driver told them to sit in the back, and they did.
  • HottJoe

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    Aug 03, 2013 6:24 PM GMT
    They should've sat there like Rosa Parks!

    On a side note, there's a comment from Yourname2000 in the comments section of the linked article!icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 03, 2013 9:52 PM GMT
    WJohnP saidOperative phrase, emphasis added: "Gay couple says..."


    lol, next time read the article before shoving that foot down your throat. icon_wink.gif

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    Aug 03, 2013 10:23 PM GMT
    The problem started when the couple complied with the unreasonable directive from the driver. I would have politely told the driver to mind his business and do what he was paid to do and that is to drive the bus and not force his narrowedmindedness and bigotry on the rest of the world.

    Let this be a lesson to those gay couples who do not show even the slightest PDA like holding hands. Keep hiding and cowering in the shadows. You're part of the problem. It's all our responsibilities to fight for the same rights and privileges as straights.
  • KZNindian

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    Aug 03, 2013 10:46 PM GMT
    IzzyMusc saidF'n ridiculous. They should have punched him in the face. Maybe if enough gays used all those big muscles for some good, we could scare enough people to stop fucking with us already. It worked for the blacks! LOL I'm just kidding, but there is some truth there.


    Love what you say Izzy, the couple outnumbered the bus driver, they should of kicked him up his ass so hard he would of spat his teeth out .
  • hebrewman

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    Aug 03, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidThe problem started when the couple complied with the unreasonable directive from the driver. I would have politely told the driver to mind his business and do what he was paid to do and that is to drive the bus and not force his narrowedmindedness and bigotry on the rest of the world.

    Let this be a lesson to those gay couples who do not show even the slightest PDA like holding hands. Keep hiding and cowering in the shadows. You're part of the problem. It's all our responsibilities to fight for the same rights and privileges as straights.


    thank you. i could not have said it any better myself. ++1
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    Aug 03, 2013 11:21 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    WJohnP saidOperative phrase, emphasis added: "Gay couple says..."


    lol, next time read the article before shoving that foot down your throat. icon_wink.gif



    That is a fake account. People should block it because it is mostly going to post anti-gay and highly disruptive comments on here.
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    Aug 03, 2013 11:38 PM GMT
    Two 'grown men'' act like school kids at the request of a douchebag driver....seriously, man up and tell the guy to f**k off rather than fleeing to the press, it's all a bit 'he said, she said' high school drama for me and I'm sorry it happend at all but it's not like sitting at the back of the bus is a bad place either!
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    Aug 03, 2013 11:54 PM GMT
    The proper response would have been not to move. They paid the fare and were not behaving inappropriately, so they were completely within their rights to stay put.
  • BillandChuck

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    Aug 04, 2013 12:00 AM GMT
    We have to agree that contributing to the deplorably bigoted discriminatory behavior is perpetuating it. We've apparently learned nothing from Stonewall.... any anything in between. While the fantasy of kicking that bigot's butt is appealing, the Rosa Parks approach is the right approach. We need to assert our rights and not back down.

    Having said all that, one of us would have been in jail for using that driver's head to stop up the ass he was talking out of!

    And last but not least, the company doesn't think it was discrimination? WTF?!?!?! And what's the status of that driver's employment? There's a follow-up story that needs reporting!
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    Aug 04, 2013 12:28 AM GMT
    WJohnP saidOperative phrase, emphasis added: "Gay couple says..."


    why are new members so bitter. troll?
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    Aug 04, 2013 12:33 AM GMT
    charlitos said
    WJohnP saidOperative phrase, emphasis added: "Gay couple says..."


    why are new members so bitter. troll?


    Yep. Fake account.
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    Aug 04, 2013 1:34 AM GMT
    Myol said
    charlitos said
    WJohnP saidOperative phrase, emphasis added: "Gay couple says..."

    why are new members so bitter. troll?

    Yep. Fake account.

    Agree. This disruptor joined RJ and immediately began posting anti-gay tirades. I'm amazed he's still here.

    In any case, if we had been that gay couple we would have ignored the driver and sat where we wished. If he escalated the confrontation so would we, to his ultimate dismay, as well as his employer.

    But it seems the company is taking the side of the gay passengers. You can't police every individual driver, or others who deal with the public. The test is less with the individual, but rather with how those above him/her respond.

    So far I'm reading that the employer does not endorse their driver's actions, which is good. The ultimate proof will be how they deal with the driver, and if instances like this occur again.
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    Aug 04, 2013 1:35 AM GMT
    I'd like to see that bus driver try to pull that with a couple of lesbians.
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    Aug 04, 2013 2:27 AM GMT
    Lawsuit lawsuit! Hit them where it hurts the most! Their pockets!
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    Aug 04, 2013 8:42 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidI'd like to see that bus driver try to pull that with a couple of lesbians.


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  • hebrewman

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    Aug 04, 2013 9:03 AM GMT
    this whole situation reminds me of a something similar that took place onboard one of my flights in june. i was the cabin service director (purser) onboard a flight from mco to dca. a full 321 to boot. up in first there was a young couple holding hands, one fast asleep on his partners shoulder. in economy, there were many similar scenes. after i completed my first class service, i helped the cabin crew out in economy with a few beverages and rubbish pick up.
    as i was walking through 'c' zone (from door 3 to 4 fwd aft)
    a very pinched woman sitting with 2 rather overly active children (please tell them to STOP putting those stickers on my cabin windows/walls/tray tables) looked up at me and said she had a few concerns about this particular flight. she followed me into the aft galley, 3 other f/a's as witnesses mind you. she sucked up her chest and then proceeded to tell me how 'uncomfortable she was' at the less than appropriate outward signs of homosexuality displayed on this flight. one of my f/a's, fresh out of training just stopped what she was doing and looked at me as if to say, 'holy crap, no one ever told me i'd have to handle something like this'. i then asked her what she meant. she said that, 'for the sake of the children (GOD I HATE THAT EXCUSE) i should/i HAD to put a stop to it.' stop to what? i questioned. she then stammered and said, ''well, you know, some of those men and women are outwardly showing signs of 'affection'. ''excuse me madam'', i said, ''all anyone is doing is either resting or holding hands. i hardly think you have the right to infringe upon their right to hold hands or sleep on a shoulder in public. as for the sake of the children, how about teaching that there are all sorts of people that make up our planet.'' she then huffed back to her seat and her kids. upon deplaning, she demanded to speak with the captain, who, is a very good friend of mine. the captain just said to her, well, aaron is the purser, he has full control of the cabin and i've listened to what he had to say earlier in the flight. yes, he did inform me of your discussion with him, and i agree with his decision. he had every reason not to stop any hand holding. nothing inappropriate took place on board this aircraft. if you have a problem with that, then maybe you should shield your children from everything that goes on in the world.
    THANKS MIKE!!!
    she said she was going to complain at my lack of 'understanding' and write a very nasty letter. she even looked back at me from the jetway and said she was going to have my job over this. when mike and i and crew got to lauderdale later that afternoon, all of us went out for beer and wings (we had a 20hr layover) and laughed about 'the pinched lady with kids'.
    so far, no letter, i'm still flying and i've not seen that awful woman. so yes guys, if you get a few words from folks sitting around you and i'm in charge, never fear, the heeb is here!!!

    THE MORE I'M AROUND PEOPLE, THE MORE I WANT TO SPEND IT AROUND DOGS. AND BOATS. AND WORKING ON MY ENGINES. DID I MENTION DOGS?

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    Aug 04, 2013 3:14 PM GMT
    I'm a bit turned off by someone suing after not refusing to budge. I get that not everyone is brave and so they deserve recourse too, but in national news I'd rather the LGBT community be represented by someone brave using a lawyer as a sword than by someone meek hiding behind the shield of a lawyer. It seems opportunistic.

    I get that's all pending circumstance. There might be situations where even a relatively brave person might not want to risk it, but on a public bus with witnesses and failing opportunity to reveal our backbone there? Backing down in such a situation and then coming back with vengeance seems a little smarmy.
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    Aug 04, 2013 4:09 PM GMT
    Nicely done!

    HEBREWMAN saidthis whole situation reminds me of a something similar that took place onboard one of my flights in june. i was the cabin service director (purser) onboard a flight from mco to dca. a full 321 to boot. up in first there was a young couple holding hands, one fast asleep on his partners shoulder. in economy, there were many similar scenes. after i completed my first class service, i helped the cabin crew out in economy with a few beverages and rubbish pick up.
    as i was walking through 'c' zone (from door 3 to 4 fwd aft)
    a very pinched woman sitting with 2 rather overly active children (please tell them to STOP putting those stickers on my cabin windows/walls/tray tables) looked up at me and said she had a few concerns about this particular flight. she followed me into the aft galley, 3 other f/a's as witnesses mind you. she sucked up her chest and then proceeded to tell me how 'uncomfortable she was' at the less than appropriate outward signs of homosexuality displayed on this flight. one of my f/a's, fresh out of training just stopped what she was doing and looked at me as if to say, 'holy crap, no one ever told me i'd have to handle something like this'. i then asked her what she meant. she said that, 'for the sake of the children (GOD I HATE THAT EXCUSE) i should/i HAD to put a stop to it.' stop to what? i questioned. she then stammered and said, ''well, you know, some of those men and women are outwardly showing signs of 'affection'. ''excuse me madam'', i said, ''all anyone is doing is either resting or holding hands. i hardly think you have the right to infringe upon their right to hold hands or sleep on a shoulder in public. as for the sake of the children, how about teaching that there are all sorts of people that make up our planet.'' she then huffed back to her seat and her kids. upon deplaning, she demanded to speak with the captain, who, is a very good friend of mine. the captain just said to her, well, aaron is the purser, he has full control of the cabin and i've listened to what he had to say earlier in the flight. yes, he did inform me of your discussion with him, and i agree with his decision. he had every reason not to stop any hand holding. nothing inappropriate took place on board this aircraft. if you have a problem with that, then maybe you should shield your children from everything that goes on in the world.
    THANKS MIKE!!!
    she said she was going to complain at my lack of 'understanding' and write a very nasty letter. she even looked back at me from the jetway and said she was going to have my job over this. when mike and i and crew got to lauderdale later that afternoon, all of us went out for beer and wings (we had a 20hr layover) and laughed about 'the pinched lady with kids'.
    so far, no letter, i'm still flying and i've not seen that awful woman. so yes guys, if you get a few words from folks sitting around you and i'm in charge, never fear, the heeb is here!!!

    THE MORE I'M AROUND PEOPLE, THE MORE I WANT TO SPEND IT AROUND DOGS. AND BOATS. AND WORKING ON MY ENGINES. DID I MENTION DOGS?

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    Aug 04, 2013 4:18 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    WJohnP saidOperative phrase, emphasis added: "Gay couple says..."


    lol, next time read the article before shoving that foot down your throat. icon_wink.gif



    I don't read these articles anymore. Too many gay bashing hoaxes have occurred in recent years. The well has been poisoned.
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    Aug 04, 2013 4:21 PM GMT
    I understand what you are saying, but many people have been brought up to be non-confrontational. This obviously won them support from at least one passenger.

    While I'm sure they were probably more concerned about their own safety, they may also have been concerned for the other passengers. If they had refused the bus driver's ridiculous demand, they may have held up the ride for everyone else.

    I agree that they should have put up some resistance, but I recognize we are not all capable of that. Look how many LGBT will not even hold hands in public.

    They were at least confident enough in who they are that they did not shy from holding hands in public.

    I don't think there passive stance should prevent them from having a case in court. Nor do i feel there reaction is any less worthy of news coverage than others who stood their ground.

    I'm sure I would have refused the driver's request, because I'm a Latin hot head.

    theantijock saidI'm a bit turned off by someone suing after not refusing to budge. I get that not everyone is brave and so they deserve recourse too, but in national news I'd rather the LGBT community be represented by someone brave using a lawyer as a sword than by someone meek hiding behind the shield of a lawyer. It seems opportunistic.

    I get that's all pending circumstance. There might be situations where even a relatively brave person might not want to risk it, but on a public bus with witnesses and failing opportunity to reveal our backbone there? Backing down in such a situation and then coming back with vengeance seems a little smarmy.