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Driver who refused to drive bus which promoted gay pride is suspended

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a yellow school bus parked in a parking lot: A Konectbus driver has been suspended for refusing to drive a bus promoting Pride (Wikipedia/stock photo) A Konectbus driver has been suspended for refusing to drive a bus promoting Pride (Wikipedia/stock photo)

A bus driver has been suspended after he refused to drive a vehicle that featured the colours of gay pride because it “promoted homosexuality”.

Passenger Rebecca Sears, 19, claimed the Konectbus driver took offence to the to the vehicle's service number, which featured the rainbow colours of the gay pride rainbow flag, and insisted on swapping buses.

Rebecca said the incident happened whilst she was waiting at Norwich Bus Station on Friday, August 9, for the 501 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.

a pile of luggage sitting on top of a suitcase: The driver apparently insisted on swapping buses (SWNS) © Provided by Oath Inc. The driver apparently insisted on swapping buses (SWNS)

"I was standing with two other women and we kind of thought he was joking, in a weird way. Like we were just thinking is it really that big of a deal.

"I thought it was all just quite bad, it made us 10 minutes late - which isn't bad when its more a legit reason, but for that sort of reason it is."

Norwich town celebrated a Pride event on 27th July shortly before the incident.

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As the driver went to change vehicles, she then went to the bus station's front desk to report what had happened.

She added: "I said to them that he had gone to swap buses and that it is ridiculous because that is just a ridiculous reason.

"You are stopping people from getting home for such a ridiculous reason. It is really bad."

Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community take part in the annual Pride Parade in London,UK on July 6, 2019 . (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA) © Provided by Oath Inc. Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community take part in the annual Pride Parade in London,UK on July 6, 2019 . (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)

Go East Anglia, which runs the Konectbus service, said the driver involved has been suspended and that a full investigation was under way.

Rebecca said as she was speaking to the desk, he had managed to swap buses and started allowing passengers on.

She added: "I just hope that he hasn't said that in front of somebody that is gay.

"I would hate to think he would say something to them.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Konectbus said they did not condone the driver's behaviour (SWNS) © Provided by Oath Inc. Konectbus said they did not condone the driver's behaviour (SWNS)

"He didn't know if I was gay or the other two women I was with. He just out right said it."

A spokesperson for Go East Anglia said: "We particularly want all customers of whatever background or sexual orientation to feel comfortable on our services.

"As a company we do not condone any behaviour from our drivers that does not support this view.”

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