A handful of cabbies operating out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are refusing to drive any vehicles displaying ads for the 2014 Gay Games, presumably because they are terrified that the gay may drip down from rooftop placards into the vehicle, thereby infecting any driver and/or passenger with gayness. Or something like that.
According to The Plain Dealer, several drivers from two of the three taxi companies operating at the airport have cited “religious reasons” for refusing to drive the cabs. Patrick Keenan, general manager for a third company, Americab, says the drivers do not represent the views of the company.
“We don’t have any objections to the signage,” Keenan said. “We’re fully supportive of the games. We’re not in concert with (the protesting drivers) on that. We don’t share those views.”
The three companies operating taxi cabs out of Hopkins International are reportedly part of a program that offers rides based on zones rather than by metered fare. The advertising sold on rooftop placards — where ads for the 2014 Gay Games are now appearing — are reportedly sold by the airport.
Though it’s unclear whether the homophobic drivers will be replaced permanently, TPD claims another company has been brought in to staff the 75-cab fleet that was left unmanned. “It is expected to take about two to three weeks to repopulate the fleet,” the paper reports.