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Federal Judge Again Tosses Gay Couple's Lawsuit Against Airline Over Sex Toy Taped To Luggage

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A federal judge has again thrown out a gay couple's lawsuit against United Airlines alleging that a baggage handler removed a sex toy from their bag and taped it to the outside to humiliate them. 

Last week we told you how the lawsuit from Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger was finally headed to trial four years after the incident. But after three days of testimony, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt granted summary judgment to the airline. 

The Houston Chronicle reports: 

Hoyt decided that the plaintiffs never proved their case, which remains a "whodunit," the judge noted, because no one with TSA or United was revealed as the definite perpetrator in the mystery of the rifled and manipulated bag.

"If you have two operatives and you do not eliminate one of those operatives by clear and convincing evidence, then you cannot go to judgement. There's nothing to submit to the jury – especially in light of the fact that you didn't sue both of them," Hoyt explained from the bench.

"You have not presented clear and convincing evidence that TSA did not handle these bags and cause the situation that occurred. … In fact we know TSA handled these bags. We know that they scan them and in many instances they go into bags."

The couple's attorney says he plans to appeal Hoyt's decision. Hoyt initially threw out the case in 2012, only to have it reinstated by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In case you're wondering, United Airlines maintains a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index.  


Gay Couple Kicked Off London Bus After Being Told They Weren't 'Real Men' For Kissing

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Transport for London has launched an investigation into a complaint made by a gay couple claiming they were thrown off a bus and berated by the homophobic driver for sharing a kiss.

Jack James, 23, and his partner were on board the number 89 bus when the incident occurred back in August, the London Evening Standard reports

Mr James, an events coordinator who lives in Greenwich said: “We were chatting away when my partner gave me a peck on the lips.

“The bus driver shouted ‘Oi you two don’t do that on my f****** bus or you can get off, I don’t want to watch that.”

He said that initially they thought the driver could not be speaking to them.

He added: “When the bus stopped at our stop I walked up to the driver and politely asked the driver if he was talking to us.

“His reply was ‘Yes, it’s my bus it is my rules and I don’t want to watch that, it’s disgusting, get off the bus’.

“Once we got off the bus we were fuming and I was shaking. The bus stopped again and he shouted  and told us we were not real men and we should f*** off.”

Said TfL's Head of Bus Operations Ken Davidson:

All customers have the right to use our services without fear of being abused and offensive behaviour is completely unacceptable.  We would like to reassure Mr James that this matter is being taken very seriously and that a thorough investigation is being conducted by Go Ahead.

The news comes less than a week after hundreds of protesters flooded a Sainsbury's supermarket in Brighton, UK  for a "big consensual kiss-in" to protest the treatment of a lesbian couple told to by a security guard to stop their "disgusting" kissing. 


Crisis Averted: Two Planes Almost Crash In Barcelona - VIDEO

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Got a fear of flying? You might want to skip this video. Footage has emerged of two large planes in a near-miss in Barcelona on Saturday. A Barcelona planespotter had a good view of this close-call and didn't hesitate to start filming; the resulting hi-res video is captivating.

Watch AFTER THE JUMP as an Aerolineas Argentineas Airbus A340-300 starts taking off, while a Utair Boeing 767-300 from Moscow attempts to land. Oy vey!

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Google's Waze Navigation App Shows Its Pride

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In a move to set its own mapping platform apart from the competition, Google acquired Israeli crowd-sourced mapping company Waze in 2013. Waze has just updated its selection of user icons to help users show off their Pride while en route. Unlike other mapping services, Waze makes a point of turning its navigation into a social experience, encouraging users to crowdsource traffic data in real time. Waze also allows users to share personal status updates via a set of predefined icons expressing various emotions. In addition to sarcastic, ninja, and peaceful, Wazers can now set their icons to "proud."

Response to the app's update have been generally positive, but Waze isn't without users who felt as if the company missed the point of Pride.

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Waze's latest updates are available for free now in both the Google Play and Apple App stores.

 


French Bus Driver Douses Lesbian Couple With Water For Kissing

FranceA bus driver in northern France got fired after he doused two teenage girls with a bottle of water for kissing before one of the girls boarded. The girl rode to her destination and then confronted the driver who told her that he was "against homosexuality."

The girl then reported the driver to the local transport service, and — after he admitted what he had done — they laid off the driver and then fired him, adding via Twitter: "The act cannot be tolerated and that's why the driver involved was immediately laid off as a protective measure."

Several incidents of anti-gay violence have occurred in France since passing its marriage equality law last year.

Buses in particular seem to be a popular place for blue-collar bigots to express their anti-gay views. Last year in America, a Portland  driver told a gay couple to go to the back of the bus after he spotted them holding hands. And a Chicago bus driver ejected a gay couple from the bus after witnessing them kissing and holding hands.


Fatalities Reported After Metro-North Train Derails in NYC: VIDEO

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At least 4 people have died and 67 were injured when a Metro-North commuter train derailed in the Bronx early this morning, the NYT reports:

The derailment occurred when several cars of a train headed south from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., left the tracks about 7:20 a.m. near the Spuyten Duyvil station under the Henry Hudson Bridge on the Hudson Line, according to a Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman, Aaron Donovan.

Councilman G. Oliver Koppell, who represents the area and was at the scene, said the accident was “certainly the worst one on this line.”

Rescue workers from the Police and Fire Departments converged on the scene and lowered stretchers into the train cars, which were lying nearly on their sides; one car was just above the water. The train was the 5:54 a.m. out of Poughkeepsie, and was due at Grand Central Terminal at 7:43 a.m., Mr. Donovan said.

Watch reports from NBC and CBS New York, AFTER THE JUMP...

Our thoughts go out to anyone affected by this awful accident.

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