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Singer Ari Gold Told to Move to Back of 'Shortline' Bus for Holding Hands with Man


Singer Ari Gold told the Village Voice's Michael Musto that a Shortline bus driver instructed him to move to the back of the bus for holding hands with another man because it was "making him uncomfortable".

Shortline "The driver told us if we wanted to continue sitting together, we had to sit in the back."

The driver apparently called for a state trooper who saw nothing wrong with what Gold and his hand-holding friend were doing.

Gold made an announcement to the other passengers, explaining that they had been pulled over to wait for the state trooper because he was holding hands with a man.

Gold said he will be filing charges, but writes this update on his Facebook page

"Haven't reached anyone from Shortline yet-I'll call Lamda Legal to see if there's any action to take or at least make sure Shortline gives better employee training. I stood up to the driver despite my racing heart, I can only imagine what that might have done to someone who couldn't."

UPDATE: A reader received the following statement from Shortline regarding the incident.

To All: Please see the below response to Mr. Musto of the Village Voice from our President, George Grieve.

Mr. Musto: I wanted get back to you regarding the incident on one of the Shortline buses. I happen to be on vacation this week but I saw your e-mail and I wanted to make sure you got a response. I am the president of Hudson Transit Lines, Inc. which is the company known as Shortline. I wanted to assure you and your readers that we do not condone or endorse the actions taken by this one driver. His actions are not representative of the management of our Company. We will continue to investigate this incident until we are sure we have all the facts at which time we will take the appropriate disciplinary and remedial action. We apologize for the insensitive action of our driver and can assure you we will take the necessary steps to make sure this does not happen again.

George Grieve / President / Hudson Transit Lines, Inc.

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  1. A correction to Towleroad. Ari never spoke to Michael Musto, Musto just blogged about it after reading Ari's facebook posts. BTW, Sir Ari's new album "Between the Spirit & the Flesh" rocks and I hope this incident lets more people know about the incredible music Ari has been making for years about LGBT people!!

    Posted by: TJ | Jul 12, 2011 5:46:45 PM

  2. Shortline = "Back of the bus"
    Amtrak = advertising to encourage LGBT ridership.
    Speak with your money people. Tell Shortline you will not travel with them and give your hard earned dollars elsewhere. Chane them from the inside. No more anti-gay policies from corporation. period. and new anti-discrimination policies in place. People don't have to work for pro-gay companies. There are plenty without a job who are pro LGBT.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Jul 13, 2011 12:32:44 AM

  3. I loathe the bus -- there must be a more dignified mode of transportation than this.

    Posted by: joe | Jul 13, 2011 6:21:47 AM

  4. I was reading this article and couldn't get passed the third paragraph,it's real shame that Lambda Legal actually beleives the response they got from President George Grieve of Shortline bus company.I can tell you the disipline that was givin to the driver was a joke and there was no sensitivity training for that driver and the company has not mandated any antidiscrimination training for any drivers,my boyfriend works there and I'm telling you nothing is being done don't sit there and let this company get away with this,they don't take it serious and they joke about it and it pisses me off because what they don't know is my boyfriends has a gay Brother and can't say anything in fear of losing his job and they are violating his civil rights,please don't let them get away with this.

    Posted by: Ma Claudia Nazario | Feb 10, 2012 5:18:55 PM

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