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Driver Kicks Lesbian Couple Out Of Cab For Being Affectionate

A Portland cab driver has been accused of forcing Kate Neal, Shanko Devoll and one of their friends out of his taxi and stranding the three of them along the side of a dark interstate early Friday morning. The couple claim that a Broadway Cab company driver forced them to get out of his cab after he witnessed the two of them become affectionate. A second cab driver arrived soon after but eventually threw them out of his cab, as well.

KATU11 runs down the events:

"I guess he discovered that we were a couple," Neal said. "We were showing some affection towards each other. And he started shouting some pretty hurtful and homophobic things. And then he proceeded to pull over on the freeway and let us out of the cab. I didn't realize at first what was happening, but the more he yelled, the more clear it became," Neal added.

"When he initially pulled over I said 'I do want to get out of this cab, but I don't want to get out of this cab here," Neal said. "And he would not move farther. We had no choice."

So they got out of the cab - a few miles from home - and were left there alone and in the dark. They said they had every intention of paying their fare, but didn't. "We were planning to pay for a cab ride home - that's why we called a cab," said Neal.

The couple said that a second Broadway Cab showed up, they got in and then that driver kicked them out after speaking with the other driver. At that point, they had to walk. Instead of heading along I-84 with cars and trucks whizzing by, they decided to climb an embankment and scale a fence.

The women said they made it to Northeast 102nd Avenue and flagged down an officer. They said the police officer told them that he had actually been looking for them - that he had been dispatched to find two women who had skipped out on their cab fare.

A Portland Police Bureau spokesman told us this isn't a criminal case, but the officer involved did handle it as a civil matter. "He picked us up and called the cab company and told them that we were not to pay the fare and that he was going to take us home," said Neal. "And he did - he drove us home."

The president of Broadway Cab has issued a statement on the company Facebook page which reads in part: "I would like to take this opportunity to say that Broadway Cab is fully committed to the concept and practice of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, and diversity." Read the full statement here.

The initial driver involved has been suspended and the company has begun an investigation into the incident. The entire ride was apparently videotaped by the cab's security camera and this footage will also be be reviewed.

Watch a King5 news report about the incident, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. The driver is probably an immigrant. They come to this country and take advantage of our tolerence while showing intolerence to us.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jul 28, 2013 5:45:16 AM

  2. Now this is why God made lawyers. Here's hoping GLAAD or the ACLU or just any good plaintiff's attorney subpoenas that footage. Civil matter my eye- that is reckless endangerment.

    A taxi license is worth about $50,000 a year and can easily be revoked. Here's hoping a clear and public example is made. For instance, I wonder how are those drivers with African Americans and Jews? Should they be allowed to abandon people for other behaviors they dislike?

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 28, 2013 5:45:44 AM

  3. The first mistake is getting out of the cab.
    The second mistake is not calling the cab company or the police from inside of the cab.
    The third mistake is not calling the police from outside of the cab.

    Posted by: Munro | Jul 28, 2013 7:12:37 AM

  4. Take away the Taxi License.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jul 28, 2013 7:38:15 AM

  5. @KEV C:

    Sure, blame it on us, immigrants. Because we're always the ones to blame, we are easy targets, politically disadvantaged, and you might feel uncomfortable about us. (Hm, what other group gets treated the same way?)

    Posted by: PJ | Jul 28, 2013 8:26:38 AM

  6. is 'showing some affection' holding hands, or making out?

    Posted by: Zeta | Jul 28, 2013 8:42:45 AM

  7. @ZETA neither of the two give the cab driver permission to kick them out. They also had a friend with them so I doubt they were doing something extremely explicit. We'll find out if/when the video is released.

    Posted by: Derrick | Jul 28, 2013 8:52:16 AM

  8. PJ - it probably WAS an immigrant, people who better get used to the tolerance of this country and its people. Come here and put your bullsh*t god and horsesh*t social history behind you or lose the advantages of this society. I hope they throw his cab and his career in the dirt for good. Or they can just let him out alongside the road in the dark where the new ideas of a far better society can go on passing him by.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 28, 2013 9:14:02 AM

  9. Last Monday, a friend and I were visiting the Montrose area of Houston, which used to be lively, hospitable 19% gay neighborhood more than 10 years ago. What we found was dark and desolate and frightening. Even most of the bars were closed. We called a cab, and a Nigerian cab driver picked us up. He got us out of a bad situation, and he made us feel perfectly welcome. Please, don't dump on all immigrants. This man was more friendly to gays than most Texans.

    Posted by: Frank | Jul 28, 2013 9:31:26 AM

  10. Frank,

    It's not surprising that the bar scene in Montrose would be dead on a MONDAY night. Try again Saturday night.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jul 28, 2013 9:47:16 AM

  11. This proves there is no "gay community." An example of a community is the black community - when there is the slightest hint of racism, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the NAACP come out and yell, shout and protest. They strike fear into corporate America to the point that everyone is afraid to piss off black people. Even Spike Lee got into the act and tried to tweet Zimmerman's address so other black people could make his life hell.

    There is no gay equivalent of this. I'd like to see Jane Lynch and Neil Patrck Harris hop on a plane and lead a protest outside this cab company, but it will never happen. Ask yourself why.

    If this cab company did this to black people, there would be a firestorm and you all know it!!!

    A threat to gay people somewhere is a threat to gay people everywhere!

    Posted by: Proves it! | Jul 28, 2013 10:15:36 AM

  12. Easy. 1) file suit for discrimination under a local city ordinance or state law. 2) subpoena the video. 3) post it.

    Posted by: datlaw | Jul 28, 2013 10:16:42 AM

  13. @ PROVES IT! - your post does prove it. It proves that you are a bitter, little queen.

    Posted by: Mike in the tundra | Jul 28, 2013 10:19:09 AM

  14. I'll bet the President of Broadway Cab goes to extra lengths to make sure this is unlikely to happen again.

    A similar circumstance happened in the mid-eighties. Broadway Cab was the bad player in that one too. When the gay community got wind of it, all of the gay bars in Portland tore out the Broadway courtesy phones and only used Radio Cab for years after.

    As far as I know, you still get a Radio Cab if you ask a Portland bartender to call for your ride.

    Broadway lost a LOT of business because of the community sticking up for each other. I'm guessing they don't want a repeat.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Jul 28, 2013 10:37:30 AM

  15. This violates Oregon's 2007 Equality Act law. They need to follow up on this.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Jul 28, 2013 10:53:42 AM

  16. Were they drunk?... They sound racist actaully...

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jul 28, 2013 11:01:11 AM

  17. There is NOTHING here to indicate the women were racist. Nothing. Kev C above injected racism into the discussion.

    Even if they were drunk - again no evidence - cabbies take drunk people home every single shift. Guarantee it. To me, if they were drunk then leaving them on the side of the highway is criminal.

    Posted by: Wisebear | Jul 28, 2013 11:48:21 AM

  18. That's what cabs are FOR, you idiot! Ask any police department in the country what you should do if you're in a bar and too drunk to drive and their first answer will be "Call a cab!"

    And lets assume for the sake of argument that they were "making out." If they were straight the driver wouldn't have kicked them out, he would have angled the mirror so he could watch the free show.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jul 28, 2013 12:34:24 PM

  19. It figures that Kev C, Uffda and Alan Brickman (all aliases of the same racist, misogynistic and homophobic troll) would come to inject racism into this situation. What a piece of human garbage.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jul 28, 2013 12:40:03 PM

  20. "Alan Brickman" hates gay people so much that I bet if he has any friends, they're either closeted gay people (like himself) or rabid homophobic "straight people" (like himself). Whatever it is, I'm sure that anyone who knows "Alan Brickman" crosses the street when they see him coming.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jul 28, 2013 1:28:10 PM

  21. Think there is more to this story

    Posted by: Stephen | Jul 28, 2013 1:33:39 PM

  22. @Mike In The Tundra
    When you name-call on a comments section it makes you look ignorant and you lose all credibility. You have to grow up if you want to play with the adults.

    @Acronym Jim
    That story from the 80's sounds like something you made up. Do you have any proof?

    Posted by: Jose in L.A. | Jul 28, 2013 1:39:40 PM

  23. PROVES IT!: Are you comparing a murder with this incident (wich is far from nice but they are not in the same cathegory for sure)?
    And comparing a polititian with two actors.
    Spike Lee always was an activist, but expecting every gay celebrity to speak on every little homophobic incident is just ridiculous.
    Fortunately this has nothing to do with Zinnerman's case

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jul 28, 2013 2:30:12 PM

  24. I don't know the driver's race. He could be Albanian for all I know. MateoM and Wisebear are just pro-homophobe, always sticking up for bigots, always making excuses for homophobes. Any chance to show some love to a gay basher and these sorry gay apologists will grab it.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jul 28, 2013 3:01:08 PM

  25. Something no one has said yet (that I've seen): Good for this policeman! Seriously, he actually did protect and serve these women like he should have. It's a bright spot in an otherwise bad occurrence.

    Posted by: Steve P | Jul 28, 2013 4:17:01 PM

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