Fighting back

Bus passengers cheer after gay man confronts knife-wielding homophobe

This Friday, a British man named Daniel Simmonds was taking the bus home when a man began threatening passengers with a knife while unleashing homophobic slurs.

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“It’s not alright to be gay,” he said.

“Even when I’m talking now the white man get offended….You say anything, I’ll murder you, I’ll stab you up in your face…I’ve got a new knife. I wanna…I might do that now but there’s cameras.

Every day I read the Bible, the Torah, and the Quran. It says when you tell the truth, the pagans don’t like that. They like lies. That’s why they go home to watch batty man programs. EastEnders, Coronation Street – all them queers in it. That’s what they teach the kids….The white people are deluded. They think they’re God. Even when I’m talking now, it’s burning them.”

This inspired Simmonds to speak up.

“Excuse me,” he said. “Excuse me. I’m gay and I’m white, and I don’t think I’m God. Are you threatening to stab me?”

The man with the knife replied:  “Do you know me? Don’t talk to me! Leave me alone, because I can see what you’re up to…you’re gay and you’re clever. Leave me alone. You heard that, gay clever man. Don’t talk to me.”

This led other passengers to start speaking up until the man was ultimately thrown off the bus.

Posting the video to Facebook, Simmonds wrote:

“Hatred has many faces, whatever your color, creed, sexuality or anything else. This was my bus home tonight…Thanks to the amazing TFL driver – you didn’t mess around!”


Hatred has many faces, whatever your colour, creed, sexuality or anything else. This was my bus home tonight… Thanks to the amazing TFL driver – you didn't mess around!

Posted by Daniel Simmonds on Friday, June 23, 2017