Target: Ken Davidson, head of bus operations for Transport for London (TfL)
Goal: Demand termination of bus driver accused of anti-gay remarks
Despite increased acceptance for LGBT people in the U.K., there’s been an unsettling number of public verbal bashings against homosexual individuals and same-sex couples. The most recent act of anti-gay remarks comes from a bus driver who kicked a gay couple off his trolley after the two men shared a kiss.
According to published reports in London, the bus driver spat homophobic comments at the couple, stating “…don’t do that on my…bus,” and “I don’t want to watch that–it’s disgusting!” The same-sex couple, unaware that the bus driver was speaking to them, assumed that he was speaking to someone else performing an obviously offensive action. When the couple didn’t respond, he proceeded to publicly humiliate them by throwing them off the bus.
Further, Jack James, 23, and his partner also claim that before the bus took off, the driver shouted that they weren’t ‘real men’ and abused them further by screaming expletives. This incident is just one of many events of public homophobia plaguing London’s LGBT community. Recently, a lesbian couple was almost thrown out of a store by a security guard for kissing. And, popular U.K. television psychic Sally Morgan’s husband went on a homophobic rant that was later caught on video and has since gone viral.
The U.K.’s LGBT community should no longer suffer from verbal abuse and discrimination in public spaces. Sign this petition to encourage Ken Davidson, head of bus operations for TfL, to discharge the anti-gay driver from his position immediately.
Dear Mr. Davidson,
It has recently come to my attention that a bus driver for your company is under fire for spewing anti-gay remarks at a gay couple after witnessing them kiss on his trolley. LGBT people have suffered enough from abuse, harassment, and verbal bashing in public spaces.
From a lesbian couple being threatened by a security guard in a clothing store, to a public homophobic rant by a television personality’s husband, and now this, London’s LGBT community lives in unnecessary fear, despite society’s increased acceptance for their existence.
I encourage you to take all actions necessary to terminate the trolley operator who publicly humiliated Jack James and his partner. Homophobic bullying within your organization should not be tolerated.
[Your Name Here]
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