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Quinn Denounces Anti-Gay, Racist Carriage Incident; Drivers' Union to Undergo Anti-Discrimination Training

Earlier today, Towleroad posted video of a disturbing incident which took place over LGBT Pride in which a carriage horse driver hurled racist, sexist, homophobic slurs at a group of women leafleting nearby, along with a letter from Martina Navratilova condemning the incident and urging Speaker Christine Quinn to do so as well.

In the video, the driver is seen calling one woman a "f**king ni**er" and a "c*nt", and mocking the group of them for attending "the dyke convention".

NavratilovaNavratilova also used the opportunity as an animal rights activist and PETA spokesperson to urge the Speaker to change her position on the carriage industry as a whole and replace the horse-drawn carriages with cruelty-free eco-friendly cars.

Quinn responded to the incident and Navratilova's statement with a letter to the Teamsters Union and to Navratilova herself, both of which Towleroad obtained after reaching out to Quinn's office for a response to our original post.

Read them, AFTER THE JUMP...

Quinn's letter to the Teamsters Local 553 Union blasts the driver's behavior. The Union responded immediately, according to the NYT blog City Room, which picked up the story:

On Tuesday, Ms. Quinn said the union representing carriage drivers had agreed to immediately require its members to undergo anti-discrimination training. Ms. Quinn said her office would work with the union to find an appropriate gay-rights organization to help put the training in place.

QuinnSaid Quinn in the letter, which urged the training:

A video of one of your carriage horse drivers verbally assaulting a group of women during NYC’s LGBT Pride week was recently brought to my attention. The behavior depicted in this video is reprehensible and unacceptable from anyone, and is especially unbefitting of an industry the City Council has made sure treats its animals humanely...What happened to these women is truly outrageous and wrong and should not be tolerated.

Quinn also responded to Navratilova's criticism of the carriage horse industry, emphasizing practices which she says assure the safety and health of the carriage horses, but was not persuaded to change her position on their employment on New York City streets:

Given the tough economic times that we are in, we continue to believe that our current regulatory scheme, which does not permit the operation of electronic cars, strikes a fair balance between having stronger regulations in place to protect these horses while allowing an industry that generates vital jobs and tourism for our city to continue.

Read both of Quinn's letters, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. If you verbally harass someone with homophobic crap, then be adult and face the consequences of your actions. Clearly your mommy and daddy let you get away with saying anything you wanted as a spoiled brat, but society won't. Deal with the consequences of your bigoted actions, or don't practice bigoted actions. Your choice as a grown adult.

    Posted by: Pollie | Jul 18, 2012 3:04:59 AM

  2. God I love when bigots are put in their place!

    Thank you Christine and Martina for standing up for your convictions

    Posted by: Adeler San Diego | Jul 18, 2012 3:06:00 AM

  3. Christine Quinn consistently impresses me with her tenacity, determination and strength. What an inspiring force.

    Posted by: JP | Jul 18, 2012 3:19:11 AM

  4. Was proud to give Quinn my support when she was running, and now all my friends and I are very motivated to support her in her future political aspirations- if she so chooses to pursue more. Sincerely am not one to gravitate toward elected officials but this women means business and stands strong for what she believes in

    Posted by: Rashid NYC | Jul 18, 2012 3:21:39 AM

  5. Thank you Martina and Christine Quin. It's when out community unites in challenging homophobia where true change is implemented. When we are willing to get uncomfortable and go the extra mile and truly showcase that overt outward homophobia will not go ignored. That people will respond to it, and have every right to respond to it, and will seek to correct it. That's where true change can be inspired. Not by being complacent, but by being proactive and productive with our goals.

    Posted by: Destiny'sInfluence | Jul 18, 2012 3:26:37 AM

  6. Billy/ Blue (same poster. We have a great way of decodinf you trolls on here)

    Santa Monica? As if you're behind could afford living in Santa Monica. Based on your writing, we both know which area you are taking space in, and it's not the West LA/ Santa Monica area. And maybe if you actually had a job and didn't depend on tax payer income to provide for you, then ten cent bags wouldn't be an issue.

    Posted by: Paul | Jul 18, 2012 3:52:25 AM

  7. Blue kind of reminds me of our resident angry black man on here: Christopher Allen Horton. Something about the style of their writing...

    Posted by: J.J | Jul 18, 2012 3:54:22 AM

  8. Blue-

    You're on a gay site every day getting heated and worked up over gay stories. And by the sound of it, seem really angry in your posts. So who exactly is making who miserable? You are constantly being reminded of the very thing that makes you angry, and it shows in yout posts and I for one couldn't be happier about it. That added with your smoking is the perfect recipe for cancer, which I'm sure you'll have in the near future. Let's hope it's pancreatic as I hear the life expectancy after diagnosis is very short. You could always off yourself before the going gets rough. Just sayin' either way... Welcome to our site! May all these gay stories make for a quick and speedy cancerous tumor, which I'm sure is growing as we speak :)

    Posted by: Truth Speaker | Jul 18, 2012 3:59:08 AM

  9. Billy - Blue
    Stop trolling and get a real job. For every second you troll on here, and painfully get called out on it, is minutes in your lives you'll never get back. We'll continue being gay, going to gay clubs, gay social events and living our gay lives, but yours is wasting away commenting on our life. Kinda pathetic, no? But keep on wasting away.

    Posted by: Los Angelino | Jul 18, 2012 5:18:24 AM

  10. DARE I SUGGEST 99% of the 'trolls' are 'radical' progressives trying to make their arch enemy, 'conservative" are middle of the road or a little to the right, look', especially homosexuals who.

    It's all about forcing people to go to the far left away from the middle [or on the opposite, the far right away from the middle]. This is the #1 goal all 'radicals', especially among minority groups have, to 'radicalize' with fake outrages and trolls.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 18, 2012 11:05:28 AM

  11. JESUS! This site can be PAINFUL to post on!

    CORRECTION: My above post came out all mangled. This is how it should appear:

    DARE I SUGGEST 99% of the 'trolls' are 'radical' progressives trying to make their arch enemy, 'conservatives", or those who are middle of the road or a little to the right, look bad; especially homosexuals who lean to the right on some issues, or who are middle of the road.

    It's all about forcing people to go to the far left away from the middle [or on the opposite, the far right away from the middle]. This is the #1 goal all 'radicals', especially among minority groups have, to 'radicalize' with fake outrages and trolls.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 18, 2012 11:09:31 AM

  12. Oh, how Ms Quinn's "rebuke" of the vile tirade of this driver must have stuck in her throat. For, this sort of behavior has been exhibited by these drivers for many years - a fact that Ms Quinn has been apprised of, many times, evoking nothing more than silence from Madame Speaker. I have personally been witness to the racial, homophobic, misogynistic and even ageist, slurs issuing from their sewer mouths and the physical threats and assaults by these embarrassments to the city, whom former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, likened to "public urinators" and "squeegee pests".

    Though Quinn has been made aware of the actions of these drivers many times, it took a high profile gay person to finally get Quinn to issue her tepid statement of protest. Quinn undoubtedly, saw Ms Navratilova's statement as potentially harmful to her standing in the gay community, a community who's support she will need if her aspirations to Gracie Mansion are to be realized and thus was impelled to take an action that she was loathe to in the past. Quinn promotes her gayness for political expediency, not social justice.

    To the NYClass supporters who were victimized on this occasion: if your goal is getting relief for these long suffering horses, would you care to tell us why your founder and president, Steve Nislick, is supporting Chistine Quinn, the number one obstacle to getting these creatures off the streets, for mayor?

    And to those who fail to see the connection between all social justice movements, including justice for animals, it would serve you well to heed these words of the remarkable Cesar Chavez:

    "Kindness and compassion toward all living things is a mark of a civilized society. … Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are cut from the same fabric: violence."

    Read more:

    Posted by: Bob Pomilla | Jul 18, 2012 12:06:59 PM

  13. I've never heard of Christopher Landry. Isn't it refreshing not to hear of someone? Wasn't a brat, don't smoke, not black, not homophobe,
    live in Brentwood. You can see how wars start with bad intelligence.
    You may get a world where only a small class of people (likely none of us) will not only have the power to define reality -- real reality -- but the power to force the rest of us to live in it, whether we like it or not.

    Posted by: Billy | Jul 18, 2012 4:00:59 PM

  14. You can control your girlfriend Marina, but you can't control a city.
    Gays have no real power. They like to imagine they do. When you face it, then you'll know who has it. It's called history.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 18, 2012 10:27:56 PM

  15. Landry is writing his own narrative, none of which relates to the truth or me. His ten cent psychology is ridiculous. Did his logic come from Kurt Cameron? What a jack ass. This "Billy" character really caused a stir. It's all sport to me. You expose yourselves and provide even greater dimension to today's gay psyche.. Landry's even got his comments online. Must be pretty proud of them. He's written a manifesto to himself. People believe this stuff. Low point.

    Posted by: Billy Joe | Jul 18, 2012 11:33:13 PM

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