Homophobia On The Short Line Bus

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Singer Ari Gold says he was on a Short Line bus this weekend that was less than civil, especially when it comes to civil rights.

Gold was holding hands with a man in the front seat.

Says he:

"The driver told us if we wanted to continue sitting together, we had to sit in the back."

Frustrated, the driver called for a New York state trooper!

"Then he pulled over," says Gold. "The state trooper came and asked what the problem is, and he said that the way were were sitting was making him uncomfortable and he wanted us off the bus.

"The trooper said nothing was illegal and he needs to continue to drive."

Gold made an announcement to the other passengers, explaining that they had been pulled over to wait for the state trooper because he was holding hands with a man.

They all seemed deeply pissed at the blatant homophobia.

Gold -- the gay Rosa Parks -- will be filing charges.

I have a request in to Shortbus -- I mean Short Line bus -- for a response.

Meanwhile, maybe we should all hold hands and head to Short Line for a little protest.


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Ned Nifty
Ned Nifty

It is so wonderful to be able for older gays to be able to look over their shoulders and see how times have changed.Many can remember that at one time both gay men wouldhave been pulled off the bus, beaten senseless by the cop, and arrested --just for even looking like they were gay. Mr. Gold should have gotten the name of that state trooper and offered him a blow job rain check, if not by him at least by one of his friends.

T'omm J'Onzz
T'omm J'Onzz

too damn bad that the state trooper wasn't gay himself. *if* he wasn't. maybe arrested the driver or put him thru his paces. that would've been a laugh.

MartinNYID
MartinNYID

Sorry, this fellow isn't ROSA f*ing PARKS. The comments on here remind of why people are bigots. No one really knows what happened, we were not there. But I wonder how a driver actively doing his driving became aware of these two? Could there be more to the story? And, with all the Hollywood stunts rotting our minds - singer? needs press? Is it possible?

I'm sick of queers shouting 'civil rights civil rights' without backing it up. Civil rights come with integrity, (in respect to these responses), not shouting like a bunch of hyenas until no one can hear anything.

If you're going to bring the black civil rights movement into it, look at the real history, instead of the made-for-tv versions you've all seen. Clarence Thomas, author of the 'I Have a Dream' speech, will tell you: they -MLK, him, AND Bayard Rustin (incidentally an out black homosexual) realized the "only way to get people in power to relinquish it is to convince them it is IN THEIR BEST INTEREST". It worked, generally.

The strategy needs a major overhaul, as do people's attitudes. We're not entitled to anything, but what is EARNED is not easily taken away.

Djrpny
Djrpny

there's only one reason this ever happens - the driver's gay and can't deal with it. suck a dick and get over yourself you asshole

Louis Profeta
Louis Profeta

An enjoyable and funny newspaper for years, nothing criminal about that, is there? Society's get tighter every day, they really forgot how to laugh at another's wit.

xjt
xjt

Wow, I sure hope that bus driver wasn't an African-American or I'm going to be really sick. 

Tammy Moore
Tammy Moore

I cannot believe that people who say they believe in the word of GOD sometimes forget the word of GOD.  " Judge not lest ye be judged."  Who put anyone on this earth to sit in judgement of anyone else?  My grandma, God rest her wonderful soul, always told me,  "Love knows no color or gender.  What is wrong with everyone?  Love is not an emotion you can turn off and on at will.  You all got to choose the person you fell in love with so why not let everyone else?  For goodness sakes, put an end to all this homophobia and GET ALONG!!! 

Determined Democrat
Determined Democrat

He got uncomfortable, really?  Is that because he was wearing tight pants himself and popped a stiffy?  Get over yo' self, man!

rextrek1
rextrek1

Bus driver sounds liek a real ass......so what he think? The trooper was gonna arrest them?  If I was on that bus, and after we arrived at our destination, I woulda told the driver to Drive back to 1965

Musto
Musto

Short Line still hasn't return my request for comment.

Mitch8901
Mitch8901

sigh..wish he was holding hands with me.

bervt colander
bervt colander

Not much info to go on here.  Is this a private bus company? 

TJ
TJ

It's even crazier that it happened to an artist who has been such a constant advocate for LGBT people--I just read Sir Ari's article last week in the Daily Beast!

MarkyMark
MarkyMark

I wonder what excuse the driver's union will come up with to defend his action?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Kudos to him for standing up for himself and those on the bus angry at the drivers blatant homophobia. Wish he didn't make the 'shortbus' comment though. Using derogatory terms regarding another group of people doesn't help your cause when you're asking people to not do it to you.

Movielover
Movielover

They didn't know who they were dealing with!  (Don't fuck with me fellas!)

Bellestarrr
Bellestarrr

Down here in Orlando they would have thrown those queens off the bus and then they would have been beaten up by the local rednecks...I mean the whole state of Florida rednecks for a gay public display..the southern baptists would have been absolutely outraged...its ok during Disney Gay days but no on just a regular work day in Orlando.....

FBTOT
FBTOT

I have a sneaking suspicion that we (the gay community) are going to be experiencing a slight "resurgence" in homophobia due to our recent political progress... We have to stand up STRONG against homophobia and let it be known that we CANNOT be pushed down so that others can feel more "comfortable." We are equal citizens!!!

Barkley
Barkley

I don't like PDA's, gay or straight.

Sheridansq
Sheridansq

Gays on buses?! So much for the stereotype of gays all being privileged.

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

"Frustrated, the driver called for a New York state trooper!"

Driver: (ooo...they're hot! Are they gonna DO it??? OMG...I can't think! Where'm I going?  They need to get out my vision...I got a half woodie...how's that possible? wtf??)

 

j
j

Im so happy the bus driver called the trooper....resulting in one very credible witness to his act of discrimination.

Movielover
Movielover

You're an old sour puss.  How about a little momentum?  How about people BEING entitled to equality, not having to "earn" it?  Do heteros have to "earn" their rights?  History is a great thing to learn about and learn from, but...

Lucky
Lucky

Huh???? The spokesman for the bus company didn't deny it at all. And a witness has been  interviewed corroborating the whole story.

Bits61
Bits61

The basic issue for me is - why was the driver not watching the road? Every day there are lots of distractions on the bus - babies screaming, people talking loudly, strollers in the aisles, fights, puking, eating, loud music, etc....  Bus drivers must deal with these all the time, so why did he choose this one incident to take a stand? The trooper himself said that they were doing nothing illegal! So it all comes down to one thing, the driver was homophobic. And he overstepped his authority. He did not have to look at them if he did not like it. "Making me uncomfortable" is not a legitimate reason to call the cops. I think Ari did exactly the right thing - this driver needed to be called out and let know that HIS behavior was the offensive behavior! If I was a passenger on this bus I would have also filed a complaint against this driver and probably said something to his face! If the couple was doing anything inappropriate I am sure the other passengers would have backed up the driver with the trooper. As they did not, this also supports Ari's story. BTW - I am not LGBT but I do support their right not to be discriminated against. This goes for all groups of people, if everyone called out these behaviors maybe they would stop?!

Justme456
Justme456

Sorry, but if the driver was uncomfortable he has every right to ask any person to stop doing what he considers as a distraction to his safe driving.. He has those persons and all the other riders to consider, and if he is distracted in doing his job safely, the considerate thing to have done was to stop doing it  and address it later off  off the bus. The driver may have been a bigot, but the offended party was also inconsiderate of the others on the bus.

Phillyirish
Phillyirish

insane- the voice needs to do a big expose' on this- in fact i smell a cover story for Master Musto... homophophia alive and well - it doesn't get any more bigoted than a "move to the back of the bus" request.

Dingle
Dingle

Do you bother to read??? Shortbus is the name of a famous movie about all sots of LGBT people.

Tamugetsu
Tamugetsu

Well that sucks - I go to UCF and I just came out this summer. I guess it's my job to change things. *cracks gay knuckles*

keepintime
keepintime

Probably why nobody ever wants to hold YOUR hairy hand or even likes you. Neanderthal.

Jeff Harder
Jeff Harder

 You dumbass...you must be a real treat to date....it's civil fucking rights moron...

Tamugetsu
Tamugetsu

Pardon, but they weren't exactly making out. The article says that they were holding hands. Do you consider straight people holding hands a PDA worthy of moving to the back of the bus? Friends hold hands. I've never heard of a guy and a girl holding hands asked to move to the back of the bus - I've known straight people who did much more on a school bus and didn't get a single complaint. This isn't about PDA. It's about the fact that this guy  told a couple to go to the back of the bus because they were two men holding hands, then called a state trooper to try to get them to leave the bus entirely. Do you think he does that to straight couples? I don't.

annoyed
annoyed

What kind of freakin PDA is holding hands??????

FBTOT
FBTOT

I wouldn't call holding hands a PDA...

sickofidiots
sickofidiots

The point isnt about what you like or not.  Its about civil rights you idiot.  It dosnt matter what made the driver uncomfortable.  He had no right to pull over request they go to the back of the bis et al.  he was to provide them with the same services and respect as anyone else.  His comfort is of no consequence he is to keep hi eyes on the road and do is effin g job.  F you and your like or dislike who gives a shit.  Its not about you.  IDIOT!

keepintime
keepintime

Precisely. As ever, the unmistakeable giveaway: the more overtly hateful people behave towards gays, the more likely it is that they are indeed gay themselves. Cover blown...so to speak.

Movielover
Movielover

I think xjt was thinking someone who understands discrimination because he has been its target wouldn't perpetrate the same thing on others.  Too bad it ain't necessarily so.

Movielover
Movielover

But do you think the driver would have been uncomfortable if it had been a straight couple?

keepintime
keepintime

I'm a professional driver. When I'm busy doing my job properly, I have no idea at all what people behind me are doing. Why? Because safe driving employs defensive driving skills that require total concentration on the job at hand. The importance of that is exponential when one is also responsible for the safety of numerous other lives too. That tells me this so-called "professional" bus driver is an unsafe idiot who probably shouldn't even be allowed to drive kiddy park amusement rides. He's lucky the state trooper didn't issue him a summons for frivolously wasting police resources. And his childish, ignorant attitude tells me he's afraid of his own latent homosexual tendencies as well. Probably time to find another line of work, dude.

Melissa
Melissa

Wow, really? Perhaps if he is so easily distracted & uncomfortable by such an innocent act (even if I go with your logic & ignore the blatant discrimination issue), he should likely NOT be in a profession where he's driving people around then, right? The only inconsiderate person involved was himself (the driver). And I believe the resounding response from fellow riders was understandable anger AT the driver. If I were on the bus (a straight woman, btw), I really would be more bothered about the human rights issue than my slight delay getting where I was going...

Movielover
Movielover

Quietly obey and go to the back of the bus?  How about stand up and allow a straight person to sit down instead? 

Melissa
Melissa

I do fully understand your issue on basic safety & that being a hallmark on the "consideration" you speak of for the other passengers, and please do not think I'm over looking that. But there is a sad fact to face with the ideal of 1) momentarily taking the abuse/discrimination on the chin & then 2) waiting to go through the 'proper channels' to address the issue. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that there would be a huge likelihood that the issue would NOT be addressed by doing so. There would be little/no witnesses. It would become a they say vs. he says (with the driver) and the company may not (without being somewhat put in the limelight, with many witnesses) be such an upstanding institution with regard to an issue that they could much more easily ignore/sweep under the rug, since there's no "proof". It is a sad but true fact, that individual ideals aside, there is a high amount of discrimination in the world, the driver is only one individual of far too many I'm sure these gentlemen encountered in their lives. And while the safety issue is still understandable, I hope you'll also agree, to some extent at least, that while the idea of going through the "deal with it after the fact" is wonderful (and truly, what the world should be more like), it often is simply just not a viable option, in that, it leads no where. My personal feeling & humble opinion...it is our duty as citizens in a shared society to stand together on issues of injustice & discrimination. It's not always going to be the perfect moment, the easiest, or even safest thing to do. But that doesn't make it less right. Lives have been lost (countless) for standing up for what is right...some battles have been won, some are still in progress. Sometimes, there are risks that should be taken.

Justme456
Justme456

I 100% agree with you and all other posts that this driver is a bigot and should held accountable.  My point is there is a proper time to do things.  Rosa Parks got on a city bus, the bus did not move.  Her bus was not traveling on Rt 87 at 65mph.  As a person who is considerate of others I would do what the driver asked to be sure we all got to our destination safely and on time then addressed the situation with his supervisors and other outlets (like The Village Voice).  Yes, the driver was an ass but he was the ass with the steering wheel in his hands.

Melissa
Melissa

So...by your logic...if you were a passenger on the bus & were wearing clothes or possibly had a skin color or accent that made the driver uncomfortable to the point of being distracted & were told to move to the back of the bus...would you be "considerate" and do it? I understand your point, but strongly, respectfully disagree with it. Your consideration issue deeply overshadows a societal, human rights issue. Not to be rude, but please look at this situation & your response to it & the implications involved. Do you think then that Rosa Parks should have also done the same?

Justme456
Justme456

So  you are speaking from the experience you have of driving a 45 foot bus with 55 people on board? I would disagree that the only inconsiderate person was the driver. Homophob or not, as the driver responsible for 55 lives I would defer to his judgement as to whether he was distracted or not.  The prudent thing to do is stop what you are doing in consideration of the other passengers and the drivers response to what you are doing.  Once you reach your destination see the drivers supervisor and address the drivers behavior and your treatment by him.  Why would you risk your safety and the safety of others by continuing to distract the driver?

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