A British bus driver went on a power trip this weekend after encountering two gay teens on his route. Steven Black and Mark Craig – aged sixteen and nineteen respectively – were riding late night last week when the driver pulled over and ordered them off because Craig had his arm around Black’s shoulder. Says Black:
The driver stopped at the side of the road and told us to get off. He told us he would not move the bus unless we got off or sat apart.
The driver said he was ‘not putting up with our shit’. He made us feel like complete freaks.
If we had been all over each other, I could understand – because that behavior in public is not appropriate whatever your sexuality. But Mark just had his arm around my shoulder.
I have never been so humiliated in my life. I just can’t believe we are still made to feel like second-class citizens.
The boys were forced to comply, for they had no other way to get home. Now that they’re safe and sound, however, they’re planning legal action. A representative for the Stagecoach bus company claims they’re taking the complaint “seriously,” but neglected to mention the company’s owner previously donated Â£500,000 in support of Clause 28, which banned “gay promotion” in schools.