Here is a letter I sent today to the Big Blue Bus regarding an unfortunate incident that happened on Tuesday.
Dear Big Blue Bus,
I am sorry to have to write this note for I do not like to get people in trouble, but I've thought about this incident for two days and based on the events of the past week, I feel I must report it.
On Tuesday night, I was riding on a No. # Bus, number ####. Around 6:10 p.m. we past a "No on 8" demonstration in Santa Monica on Ocean Avenue. The bus driver surveyed the situation and exclaimed the slur, "sodomites."
As a gay man, I found this to be incredibly and deeply offensive. I do not believe a public employee on duty and in uniform has any excuse for using a slur like "sodomites". What's next? "Faggots"?
A bus operator is entitled to his beliefs, opinions and even prejudices.
However, no rider should have to hear any slurring language against them by a bus operator on duty for any reason, be it race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or anything else.
Anti-gay bigotry is no longer publicly acceptable as far as I am concerned. Perhaps your operators need diversity training.
In any event, I would like an apology and a promise that it will not happen again.
I am sorry I had to write this note. I believe the Big Blue Bus provides exemplary service and I am otherwise a very satisfied customer.