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Gay Couple Sent To The Back Of The Bus In Albuquerque

The Albuquerque Human Rights Commission is investigating a situation that took place at the city's airport during Pridefest. Ron McCoy and Chris Bowers flew from Portland to Albuquerque for the city's Pride festivities but were welcomed with homophobia shortly after landing when a bus driver for Standard Parking (a company that runs shuttles for the Albuquerque airport) told the couple to move to the back of the bus after they started holding hands. 

The driver has been suspended and Standard Parking has required all employees to undergo sensitivity training. The company also released a public apology via the Albuquerque Journal that reads:

“We sincerely apologize to Messrs. McCoy and Bowers for any disrespectful treatment they received in New Mexico. Standard Parking respects the equal rights of all customers, and we do not condone or tolerate discrimination of any kind against any of our customers or employees, whether relating to sexual orientation, gender, age, race, nationality or religion.”

KRQE's local news report is below: