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Vegas’ Homosexual Taxi Riders Should Be Handled With Latex Gloves

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The Las Vegas Taxi Authority’s officer handbook, in the Exposure to Communicable Diseases section, which advises staffers how to stay safe when dealing with high-risk passengers, lumps in homosexuals with I.V. drug users and prostitutes as the types of passengers to be treated with protective gear.

“It took my breath away to read that,” says former officer Scott Lewis. “It lumps in homosexuals and gays with drug users and prostitutes. Drug users and prostitutes as we know are criminals. … My question is, what is a homosexual? How can you tell? Would you ask them, ‘Are you homosexual?’ and then stop, as it says, for your personal protective equipment.”

For the record, the Taxi Authority says the language was removed from manuals in June 2007, but at least four officers were given the old documents. Which is … great news for a city that actively targets gay tourists, and even better news for a local transportation industry that already sucks so bad.


On:           Mar 2, 2010
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    • M

      Vegas is a dusty sh*thole. I don’t understand why anyone goes there.

      Mar 2, 2010 at 11:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill

      What is it like 1982?

      Mar 2, 2010 at 11:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BG

      Sounds like they are using the same “guidelines” as those used for blood donations.

      Mar 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TJ

      Vegas is such a bipolar town. The strip is reasonably metropolitan and somewhat friendly to gays, but venture outside there and it’s like you stepped into the wild west (which, actually, you had been the entire time). As such everywhere outside the strip is a little homophobic.

      Mar 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B

      “What is it like 1982?” When was it written? The
      article only said when the nonsense was removed (2007).

      Mar 2, 2010 at 6:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David

      I wouldn’t go near most cab drivers without “protective gear.”

      Mar 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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