A bus, a kiss, and an all too familiar scenario

Timothy Kincaid

November 3rd, 2011

Sometimes you read a story that sounds familiar. Not the names necessarily, but the context, the attitudes, the social atmosphere.

Christopher Buchanan, 22, and his boyfriend Derrell Hughes boarded a 146 southbound bus in Lakeview on Oct. 22, after leaving an afternoon program at the Broadway Youth Center, Buchanan said.

“I was holding his hand and kissing and whatnot,” Buchanan told Windy City Times.

As the bus approached downtown, he said, a middle-aged White woman approached the bus driver to complain about the two.

The driver allegedly got up and told Buchanan and Hughes that someone had complained about them and that they needed to get off his bus.

“He was really in my face,” said Buchanan. “He said ‘you bitches need to get off the bus…I can’t stand fags.'”

I don’t know what whatnot the two were up to. But I know this, if the driver’s objection was based on Christoper and Derrell being “bitches” and “fags”, then a simple apology is not enough.

Carlo

November 3rd, 2011

Link to the story?

Pete

November 3rd, 2011

Story can be found here: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=34523

Nathan

November 3rd, 2011

Sounds typical

Timothy Kincaid

November 3rd, 2011

Ooops. Sorry. Link added.

Regan DuCasse

November 3rd, 2011

Thanks for the links, guys. What a cute couple!

Ridiculous. Forget BACK of the bus, can’t be on the bus at all!
WTF?!

Two young men are doing something that young people SHOULD be doing. Showing their happiness and love for somebody.
Considering all the violence, and meanness out in these streets, someone can take the time out of their busy day to show how much they disapprove of love.

I remember an uncaptioned photo that was shown on a lot of blogs with an unidentified pair of young black men just like this.
But their pose was as a couple, with one leaning in on the lap of the other, and his companion with his arm affectionately around him.
I thought it sweet. One of those pictures that said a thousand words.

And folks, as I work in the crime scene photo lab, sorting through all kinds of pictures that tell me how unbelievably cruel, violent, stupid and disrespectful people can be, I LOVE pictures of young people being loving and good to each other.

What’s the harm in these young men? I bet if they’d been a pair of gang members that driver wouldn’t have even left his seat.
PFFFT!

WMDKitty

November 4th, 2011

Umm… wait. What.

Seriously?

Since when is it a crime to show love and affection for your partner (of any sex/gender/orientation)? I’d rather see people happy, loving, and affectionate than see them angry, hurting, and violent.

With all the negativity and violence in the world, some of it displayed on that very bus, people… object to loving affection?

I don’t “get” it.

Joe In California

November 4th, 2011

There are too many bus drivers out of work. I suggest the bus company get a new driver right quick! Of course an apology is in order.

Regan DuCasse

November 4th, 2011

Actually, those two young men have beautiful smiles. I can imagine those smiles lighting up a room.

We surely need more people around who can smile like that, and spread the joy.

What IS the harm in that?!

Tone

November 5th, 2011

It depends on the context and the degree of affection being demonstrated. I don’t care for any couple being overly demonstrative in public. A greeting kiss is fine, and hold hands as much and as tightly as you want, but beyond that please take your affection behind closed doors.

Regan DuCasse

November 5th, 2011

Hi Tone: I agree with you. But I think it’s fair to say that young gay people know and are sensible enough not to do anything beyond what you described. Men have gotten killed for showing casual affection for each other.

I think it’s fair to say that the affection between these two was at the level of tenderly casual.

In fact, I’ve seen social experiments done on television where casual affection between same sex couples had people calling 911.

What any NORMAL person would consider casual affection, displaying a tiny rainbow pin, or simply saying you’re gay, shouldn’t garner ANY kind of response.

But to a committed anti gay person, NORMAL behavior is construed as anything from terrorism, to a rape.
And these people express their complaints about gay folks without a hint of irony, hypocrisy, contradiction or just plain insanity.

Jerry

November 7th, 2011

I hope they got the name of the str8 couple kissing on the bus and the name of the bus driver or his badge number.

If our only option is to sue, we will keep suing and if it eventually bankrupts a few jurisdictions, maybe people will finally wake up.

Coxhere

November 11th, 2011

The two young men with the beautiful smiles and love for each other THREATEN traditionally bullying families. America cannot afford these kinds of abominable men on American public conveyances. This is a very religious country! What if an impressionable, little child saw this???? Why, the little, vulnerable baby might get the wrong idea and start accepting such perversion of our Wholly Buy Bull.

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