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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.

News: Dancing with the Gays, Caffeine Fix & a "Racebook" Scandal

RGant launches Web series Show and Tell, featuring Bruno Tonioli, Robert Gant, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Lady Bunny and Chad Allen in short, instructional dance vignettes that end with same-sex professionals demonstrating proper technique. What would Nigel Lythgoe say? (Oh, right—nobody cares.)

 roadThe marriage-equality flag attracts some stars.

 road Horrors! Is the horror community more accepting of zombies than of its gay roots and gay fans?

 roadFilmmaker Ken Russell's favorite gay-friendly films of all time are his own—The Music Lovers, Women in Love and The Rainbow. His other picks are as diversified as Longtime Companion and Flawless (!).

 roadMight caffeine slow the progress of—or even reverse—Alzheimer's?

 roadPresident Obama is on track to be "the most successful Oval Office occupant in more than half a century when measured by his ability to get Congress to vote his way." How 'bout sprinkling some of that fairy dust on gay issues? Meanwhile, he can't see Russia from his house, but he's seeing eye to eye with President Medvedev.

Colman_Ari_288px  road Get a $10 discount if you mention Towleroad at the box office of Ari Gold's brand-new show The Making of a Gay Pop Star tonight at 7 p.m. at Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie Street, New York City. Offer good in person and with cash only.

 roadAudra Shay, vice chairperson of the Young Republicans and in the running to be its chairman soon, has a Facebook page that attracts racist goons. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she allowed the hate speech to happen unabated and even replied, "You tell em Eric! lol" to one poster who said we "need to take this country back from all these mad coons.......and illegals." Screengrabs and more context at the Daily Beast.

Sugarplum Fairy Ari Gold is 'Human'


Ari Gold puts "the fairy back in fairy tale" and covers one of my all-time favorites from the Human League, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #171

ARI GOLD: Brand new video animated by Joe Phillips for "Where the Music Takes You". Lots more on the video from Arjan.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL: AJ Hammer asks Jake his opinions on the use of torture.

JOHN EDWARDS: Edwards paid for this ad on MSNBC that aired after Bush's speech last night.

TYRA BANKS: Has some words for Britney Spears.

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