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Transgender Youth Kicked Off Spokane Bus

Transgender Youth Kicked Off Spokane Bus


Three young transgender people were allegedly told to get off a Spokane, Wash. bus after their discussion over LGBT issues offended the driver.

The group, two twentysomethings and a 16-year-old, say they sat in front of the bus because they've known things to get hostile with other passengers in the back of the bus. Their initial discussion concerned one of their apartments filling with gay people. As the bus turned quiet just at that point, Jessica Jahn, one of the LGBT people, turned to the rest of the bus and said, "In case you haven't noticed, this is the queer corner of the bus."

The three say they then spoke quietly about one of them being bisexual. The driver allegedly told them their conversation was inappropriate. When they accused her of being discriminatory, they say she kicked them off the bus a mile from their intended stop.

The driver and the Spokane Transit Authority are saying little publicly, though the local Odyssey Youth Center has initiated discussions with the agency and offered sensitivity training. Read more here.

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