Monday, November 28, 2011

Gay Couple Called Antigay Slur by United Airlines Agent

This event is above and beyond what we as a community should have to put up with.  Billy Canu and his partner said their holiday travel was disrupted when a United Airlines agent called them “faggots” during an exchange about access to the lounge at Denver International Airport on Saturday.

Not only did they have to put up with this hate, but from a manager of UA nonetheless.  There is a time to be patient, and there is a time to stand up to a bully, nose to nose and call their bluff. This is one of those times. There are over 3 pages of comments on this article, but one it particular really raised my ire:

"Name: Andy
Date posted: 11/28/2011 2:43:06 PM
Hometown: Northridge
Okay so what we have here are two gays who thought they could do what they please. United informed that they couldn't. The gays started some crap and United stood up to them. Bravo to United, who decided to ignore the memo that the world revolves around gay people."
This, again is one of those times when someone needed to stand word for word against another bully, and I replied:

Name: Barry
Date posted: 11/28/2011 5:40:14 PM
Hometown: Las Vegas

Dear Andy: Okay, so what we have here is one homophobic bully (that's you) that apparently lives under a rock. United informed them, as most bullies characteristically do that they are not equal to you nor worthy of respect, so they HAD to start some crap to get the customer service they paid for and stand up to the bullies (that's you again.) Bravo to the two guys who decided to ignore the uneducated, hate language they were forced to listen to in public and who stood up to ignorance and stupidity. Go back under your rock and stay there...those of us who did get the memo don't care much about what those of you who can't read or have any tolerance for others (once again...that's you) think. BTW: the people who did get the 'memo' read it and agreed to abide by its rules. I worked for a major airline for 11 years ... I wrote the damn thing!

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