Christopher Buchanan, 22 (right) and his boyfriend Derrell Hughes boarded a 146 southbound bus on Oct 22. "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.'"
"When the couple refused to leave, Buchanan said, the driver called police. Buchanan said that police while police said they had not done anything illegal, they got off the bus after a two-hour ordeal during which a CTA supervisor was called. "Buchanan said he felt the two were targeted because they were two black men kissing in public. He noted that a straight couple was also kissing on the bus at the time of the incident.
CTA confirms that is "investigating" the incident after a complaint was filed. Attorney Jacob Meister is representing the couple, and says he is pursuing an internal "resolution" before any legal action.
This is the first publicized complaint of anti-gay behavior by a CTA employee in recent memory. In January 2010, you may recall that a gay Chicago man was the victim of an vicious anti-gay attack on the Red Line.