This past July, Short Line bus driver told hunky songster Ari Gold that if he wanted to hold his boyfriend’s hand on the bus, they had better to sit in the back. Well Gold called Lambda Legal and they got it alllll ironed out. Let’s take a peek at the settlement.
Basically on August 5, the Short Line Bus Company told Lambda Legal that they disciplined the driver and sent him to sensitivity and non-discrimination training at the New York Reform School for Very Naughty Bus Drivers. They also said they’d make all their drivers take further anti-discrimination classes and annual “refreshers” just so they remember not to go all “Rosa Parks” on people.
Short Line also apologized to Gold and his boyf and refunded the cost of their tickets. Then Gold, in his infinite manicorn beauty (that’s man + unicorn) said:
“I am so grateful to Lambda Legal for helping me use my platform as a singer/songwriter and activist to bring attention to an issue that happens way too often to people whose voices don’t get heard enough. I am even more pleased that something that was initially very negative to experience has turned into something positive because of the actions taken by Short Line Bus Company to ensure that something like this will not happen again. I hope more corporations will follow suit. Maybe in the future all corporations will be held responsible for implementing their own sensitivity/harassment training and not wait for another person’s civil rights to be violated.”
He then trotted back into the New York forest where he ate starfruit and chased wishing stars before sipping from the peach soda pond and nestling for a nap in the cotton candy fields.