A spokesman for bus operator First Group would not divulge what action — if any — had been taken against the renegade driver.
He said: ‘We are aware of an incident involving one of our drivers refusing to drive a bus at Rotherham Interchange. We have spoken to the driver in question and the matter has now been resolved. We would like to apologise to any customers that were affected during this isolated incident.’
Stonewall information officer Louise Kelly said: ‘Passengers in Rotherham can rightly expect bus drivers to do the job they pay them to do — drive buses. If they are unwilling to, perhaps they should look for another job.’
Stonewall, a UK LGBT rights group, started the “Some people are gay. Get over it” campaign started about 4 years ago and has had great success. Billboards, buses, trains, post cards – all kinds of media were used to get the ‘zero-tolerance’ message out across UK cities and schools.
The UK’s treatment of LGBT individuals is vastly ahead of laws here in the US. In addition to being allowed to serve openly in the armed services, UK LGBT citizens enjoy protection from discrimination in housing and employment. They have been allowed to adopt children since 2002. Though gay marriage is still in the works, it is available in Scotland. Transgendered individuals can legally change their gender as well.