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.
“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.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 10, 2011