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Teen girls kicked off bus for same-sex buss

In Portland, two girls were ordered off of a city bus after a passenger complained to the driver.  (KOMO):

Two gay teen girls who say they were kicked off a TriMet bus for being affectionate with each other are considering lodging a complaint against the driver of the bus.

Maika Rich and Jocelyn O’Neal, both 14, admit they were kissing while on the No. 12 bus traveling on Barbur Boulevard at about 5 p.m. on June 8. They were headed to the Sexual Minority Youth Recreation Center.

They say a female passenger complained to the driver about the kissing and that the driver told them to “knock it off” and also called them “sickos.”

Rich says she then gave O’Neal a hug because it appeared she was upset about the exchange. They say at that point the driver stopped the bus and ordered them off.

As often as I have seen two straight folks making out, heck, fornicating on public transportation (on the subway in NYC I saw that twice), this is clearly discriminatory.

A spokesperson for Trimet said that it is against policy to kick minors or “vulnerable persons” off a bus.

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