A Norwich driver insisted on swapping buses because the one he was in "promoted homosexuality", it is claimed. A bus driver who allegedly refused to drive a double-decker vehicle which celebrated gay pride has been suspended from work. Passenger Rebecca Sears, 19, claimed a Konectbus driver insisted on swapping buses as the one he was in "promoted homosexuality" and he refused to drive it. She claims the bus driver, who appeared to be in his 50s with grey hair, was referring to the vehicle's service number which featured the colours of the gay pride rainbow flag. Rebecca said the incident happened whilst she was waiting at Norwich Bus Station last Friday for the park and ride service. She said: "He said we have to wait a minute, he said I am not driving this bus because it promotes homosexuality.
Norwich bus driver suspended after he 'refused' to drive Pride bus
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The decision was met with frustration by many online, who branded it "insensitive" and "tone deaf" to use a Pride flag, which differs to a real, seven-stripe rainbow and symobolises decades of LGBTQ struggle. Another added: "If ever proof were needed that corporations just use us. Wow, oh wow. This is offensive to my community and offensive to the NHS.
Bus driver suspended after refusing to drive vehicle with gay-pride rainbow colours on it
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Gay Pride typically involves a series of events and is often capped by a parade involving marchers and colourful floats from the LGBTQ community and its supporters. Before the Stonewall riots, LGBTQ individuals had generally not broadcast their sexual orientation or identity, but the event galvanized the gay community and sparked greater political activism see gay rights movement. Early Gay Pride events often called Freedom Day or Gay Liberation Day were often sparsely attended and encountered protests, particularly because of the outlandish costumes that some marchers wore.