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Float Driver Ditches AIDS Group in Gay Pride Parade Panic: VIDEO


A float driver for the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland fled the scene after he learned he would be driving a truck in the Gay Pride parade, FOX8 reports:

A local company offered its services – a truck and a trailer – to the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. However, things quickly changed once the driver arrived.

“When the driver realized that he was going to be driving for the gay pride parade, he then stormed off and drove away, leaving us without a float this morning,” said Judith Pindell, director of public policy for the AIDS Taskforce.
Allegedly, the driver had yelled obscenities before driving off.

The organization said the incident is a prime example of why events like this need to happen.

Watch their report, AFTER THE JUMP...

The organization posted the above photo on its Facebook page, writing:

One of the reasons we have Pride is to show the world that we are a beautiful, talented community that doesn't deserve the hatred and bigotry we have to face from ignorant people like Tim from Mr. Excavator. He refused to drive in the Cleveland Pride Parade and drove off leaving the AIDS Taskforce without a float (The Pic is him as he started getting nasty)

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  1. Of course he should have been notified ahead of time, otherwise strapped to the front on the truck, body-sprayed "boy-toy" and towed through the parade.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 25, 2012 1:47:23 PM

  2. Having just moved from Cleveland, I am not at all surprised. It is the most aggressively unenlightened place I have ever lived. The Task Force is a great group...the exact opposite of this pathetic driver.

    Posted by: Mark Alan | Jun 25, 2012 1:50:56 PM

  3. @MARK ALAN you need to live in a few more places.

    Posted by: shane | Jun 25, 2012 2:07:42 PM

  4. Apparently, someone is not too secure in his heterosexuality...

    Posted by: kit | Jun 25, 2012 2:15:28 PM

  5. It sure sounds like Mr. Excavator sent this "man" out as a "joke" on a driver. I hope a statement from the company is forthcoming.


    Posted by: Johnson | Jun 25, 2012 2:24:50 PM

  6. Sort of fishy that this man was asked to drive the truck for the AIDS float and have this happen. Obviously, he wasn't told beforehand what he was going to do, which does make it seem the Mr. Excavator company pulled a "prank" on this Tim idiot. Definitely seems like time to highlight what this company stands for----hate and classlessness.

    Posted by: Francis | Jun 25, 2012 2:31:37 PM

  7. I like that he's patriotic enough to put the flag on the ground. Shakes head.

    Posted by: Alpha | Jun 25, 2012 2:37:12 PM

  8. Describing yourself as "a beautiful, talented, community" is false advertising. And the questioning that "someone isn't too secure in their "heterosexuality" rings rather cult like.. One thing you are is gullible - with all these Obama ads all over the site. He's going to leave you just like that float truck driver.

    Posted by: Geoff | Jun 25, 2012 2:39:11 PM

  9. Yes, the driver should have been informed beforehand. While his actions were rude and inconsiderate (given the descriptions the people used), I'd like to point out that driving a vehicle implies some relationship with the freight. I think it's understandable that the driver didn't want to advance the notion that he agreed with and supported the pride parade. He has his equal right to expression.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Jun 25, 2012 2:40:07 PM

  10. The story begs for more details: I find it hard to believe this gentleman did not know he was driving a pride float.

    Posted by: Joe | Jun 25, 2012 2:42:40 PM

  11. The story begs for more details: I find it hard to believe this gentleman did not know he was driving a pride float.

    Posted by: Joe | Jun 25, 2012 2:42:42 PM

  12. The story begs for more details: I find it hard to believe this gentleman did not know he was driving a pride float.

    Posted by: Joe | Jun 25, 2012 2:42:43 PM

  13. Geoff, troll somewhere else please. I'm certain there's a bridge that needs tending to.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Jun 25, 2012 2:51:20 PM

  14. I would of left as well. Gay men are gross. Also butch lesbos. Not sure which I dislike more. Porno lesbos are fine in my book.

    Posted by: John Luke | Jun 25, 2012 3:52:04 PM

  15. That picture is crying out to have a pornstachioed leather daddy photoshopped in there!

    Posted by: JJ | Jun 25, 2012 4:37:04 PM

  16. A true American coward.

    Posted by: trees | Jun 25, 2012 4:56:21 PM

  17. I'd choose to leave the scene of an anti gay parade as well. He has the right to and as everyone has said, should have been informed before. As was also mentioned, driving does imply some relation to the event and he doesn't have to be comfortable enough for that. If he did leave screaming awful thing then, yes, he's a bad man, too.

    I'd seen a few pride parades before being comfortable with my own sexuality and there were enough aspects of it that made me terribly uncomfortable, too. I kinda get it.

    Posted by: Tim | Jun 25, 2012 5:31:07 PM

  18. At Polyboy: Up yours. I'm gay. I don't need to defend my comments. We're not all clones.

    Posted by: Geoff | Jun 25, 2012 5:40:48 PM

  19. No Geoff, you're homosexual. Gay implies you actually like yourself more than money which you clearly do not.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Jun 25, 2012 5:56:26 PM

  20. John Luke:

    You and hundreds of millions of other very common, ordinary, dull straight guys.

    Posted by: DanCobb | Jun 25, 2012 6:01:23 PM

  21. Does anyone else get the feeling that "John Luke" is not even a real troll, but a gay person's impersonation of a troll? His comment about liking lesbians only in porno films just sounds a little too stereotypical to make me think he's really anti-gay. A person who came on a gay website to insult gays (whether with the intention of changing them or just explaining his/her position of opposing) would probably not want to seem pro-porn. Anti-gay people usually accuse GAYS of being porn-obsessed. Hard to pretend you're defending "traditional values" when you've admitted you love porn. I mean what are we supposed to believe John Luke is doing when he watches porn - writing a sociopolitical analysis of it for the Heritage Foundation? So which Towleroad reader is posing as "John Luke?"

    Posted by: Mary | Jun 25, 2012 7:01:58 PM

  22. it's Cleveland fer chris-sakes, what do ya expect?

    Posted by: mikeflower | Jun 25, 2012 7:55:18 PM

  23. The driver was not told he would be driving in a parade? Someone is not telling the whole story to us.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jun 25, 2012 8:01:37 PM

  24. I marched in the Cleveland parade, which was well attended and had remarkably few anti-gay protestors. I've been in many cities where we've encountered more harassment. The main problem with Cleveland it that it's part of Ohio. Once you're outside the core urban area and the surrounding inner-ring suburbs, you're in ignoramusville - same situation with Columbus. I see that Mr. Excavator is located in Kirtland - case in point.

    Posted by: Hank | Jun 25, 2012 8:14:37 PM

  25. Pittsburgh wrapped up its "Pride in the Name of Love" on June 10th and we were met with some opposition from a small minority hard right wing religious cult calling for the death of gay people. However hard they tried to sneak into the event, they were met with a lot of resistance and soon they were relegate to the out fringes of the event. But any hoots...

    I think this truck driver was pranked into volunteering for the event. But I think the big give away for him would have been the name of the organization...and in his homophobic mind if he would have put two and two together he would have backed out of it before he began. However, that was not the case.

    Did he have the right to be upset once he found out who he was dealing with? OF COURSE HE DID! He was either mislead or mis- informed about his role in donating the cab and trailer. He didn't want his name to be associated with this event...and he has every right to be upset. Let's switch roles here: What if you were told that you had to drive a float for some organization that was anti- gay but you didn't know it was until you got to the parade grounds? Wouldn't you feel a bit upset? I know I would!

    In my opinion, I don't think we need to castigate him for his sudden refusal to participate in an event that he totally disagreed with. And it's totally wrong to call him homophobic or a hater. He is entitled to his views and his opinions just as you are entitled to yours. ENOUGH SAID!

    Posted by: Ray Sager | Jun 25, 2012 9:51:02 PM

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