While riding on a Short Line bus in New York, singer Ari Gold says that he was told to move to the back of the bus because holding hands with another man was making the bus driver "uncomfortable."
"The driver told us if we wanted to continue sitting together, we had to sit in the back."
The driver then had the nerve to call a state trooper for the gesture. Ari made an announcement to the other passengers on the bus, explaining that they had pulled over to wait for the officer, who naturally, saw nothing wrong with what Ari was doing.
Ari plans on on filing charges, but in the meantime, he posted this update on his Facebook page:
"Haven't reached anyone from Shortline yet-I'll call Lamda Legal to see if there's any action to take or at least make sure Shortline gives better employee training. I stood up to the driver despite my racing heart, I can only imagine what that might have done to someone who couldn't."
We cannot believe that the bus driver displayed such disgusting behavior. Bravo to Ari for standing up for himself. This man should not be working with the public, let alone as a bus driver. It's unbelievable that such blatant homophobia still exists in 2011.
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Tags: ari gold, bus driver, holding hands, homophobia, short line