Activists Chase NOM’s Hate Bus Out Of Connecticut

NOM’s anti-trans hate bus tour across the northeast is continuing. Yesterday’s visit to New Haven, Connecticut concluded rather amusingly. From the New Haven Independent:

Police arrived at the scene, expecting to find protesters, according to Assistant Chief Otoniel Reyes, who oversees patrol. Instead, they saw only the bus. The driver asked the cops for an escort to the highway so it could head to its next stop in Philadelphia. Officers in two squad cars complied, leading the bus down Elm Street to State to Union Avenue, then over to the Sargent Drive I-95 entrance on Long Wharf.

Along the way, they noticed a big U-Haul truck behind the anti-LGBTQ bus. At first the cops figured the U-Haul was connected to the “Free Speech” bus. But the bus driver phoned the sergeant handling the escort, Wilfredo Cruz, to let him the U-Haul on its tail “is not with us,” Reyes said. In fact the U-Haul had a large tarp on its side with the message: “TRANSPHOBIA OUT OF CT.”

The Free Speech bus made it onto I-95, the U-Haul in hot pursuit. The cops phoned the state police to let them know the two-vehicle debate convoy was heading toward Fairfield County. And New Haven’s brush with the latest Divided America political drama came to an end.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Love the people jumping in front of the hate bus.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
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  • John Ruff

    What is this? 2007? Hey girls, no one is interested in your #FreeHateSpeech.

  • jmax
    • DaddyRay

      Someone needs to make that into a big sticker and stick it to the side of their bus

  • TuuxKabin
  • Tom Ato

    Damn, can’t get to Philadelphia in the next 5 minutes. Hope Brian Sims is there to let ém know their message is not welcome in the City of Brotherly Love.

    Get your bus of hate out of my state!

  • David Walker

    From one of the tedious NOMupdates above: “Hit with some paint splatter on our way out of New Haven by some activists that trailed the bus.”
    A) Paint? Are we sure that’s not an egg?
    B) Just curious: how does an egg (or paint) hit the side of your vehicle so accurately from behind? Asking for a friend.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • SoCalGal20

      I like this form of protest. It should be used more – at congressional offices, town halls, outside more politicians’ homes…

      • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

        It’s what made protesting Scientology with Anonymous so much fun!
        Dance party protest; better than grim old masked socialists any day.

        • TuuxKabin
          • greenmanTN

            Wow. Never heard that one before, love it! Thanks!

          • TuuxKabin

            She’s quite good. Unfortunately, just as she was getting a grip on Latin music she was struck and killed by a jet skier, son of wealthy Mexican who left the country. Don’t know the out come of that. She sang with The Pogues as well.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9jbdgZidu8

            Always brings el HubCap and me to tears.

          • greenmanTN

            I tend to free associate like mad (I digress, therefore I am) so you never know what you will get back.

            This time it’s the Pogues from the movie Lair Of The White Worm.

            https://youtu.be/C8n6z-WRCd0

            Which of course leads to the airplane scene from the same movie, which is REALLY subtle, with Hugh Grant and the red pen. 🙄

            https://youtu.be/d5dEEbTocFo

            I invoke my usual defense, it made sense at the time! 😁

          • TuuxKabin

            Some dreams do, make sense at the time. But, what DID you ingest this morning? Je je.

            Now to look at the first one. How you wander! Following you is like following the White Rabbit. Where to and what next? Love it.

            Okay. Well, I never know what to expect from Ken Russell. Lair of the White Worm. New to me, may watch more of it while there’s still day light.

            Thanks. SMFoolH

          • greenmanTN

            I have been told I’m a lateral thinker, which in practice means “I don’t have a clue how you got from here to there.”

            The connections make sense at the time, but not far beyond that. Or maybe I’m just a goofball. Either/or.

            Think of it as sharing maybe…?

            I like music, but I am unable carry a tune in a bucket. I’m not kidding, I cannot sing. I’d be happy to hit ha jsinglr note.

            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cSgd1CugnfQ

          • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

            Yup it’s got a beat and I can dance to it! (busts a move)

    • Friday

      Have no fear, Captain Questionable Pants is here! 🙂

    • safari

      I just read on Wikipedia that stonewall had some kickliners mocking the police.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Oh my, … the hate bus is in Philly today?
    This dino may have to go out and claw it mercilessly.

  • Ninja0980

    Come June, it’ll be six years since marriage equality came to NY.
    Myself and others still remember all the hate NOM, FRC, FOTF and others brought to this state and to the LGBT community that lives here.
    My family (including my younger cousins and nieces) got to see signs held up calling for us to be murdered.
    I’m sure as hell not going to feel sorry for Brown and his crew being called bigots or being driven out of areas by folks who won’t tolerate their hate.

    • Bj Lincoln

      They were all over Maryland before the vote that gave us equal marriage. Being they have an office in DC they would travel here to Baltimore to talk to the catholic church, which is a big deal here, frequently. They had mean TV spots, rallies and banners all around the state and still lost. They were disgusting, cruel and full of lies. Thank goodness the people of Maryland had better sense.

      • AJayne

        I cannot tell you how much it meant to me to watch election returns come in across the country that night. I was steeled for at least some losses, thanks to PropH8 four years earlier. Instead I spent the evening in tears of gratitude and relief.

        • Ninja0980

          I was shocked we won in all four states, especially in MD and ME.

      • Ninja0980

        I saw some of them.
        They were as mean, cruel and vile as could be.
        As you said, thank goodness the folks of Maryland saw through it but it also shows why our rights should never be up for a public vote.

  • Hank

    Why the hell are they in the Northeast??? They should just stay in their base in the South!!! /s

    • bkmn

      Their donor base is dying off. They have to branch out to keep Brian Brown in french fries.

    • Ninja0980

      Brian Brown was the former leader of the Focus On the Family hate group for Connecticut so perhaps he decided to relieve old times by starting out in the place where his waging war on LGBT people began.

    • Friday

      They’re trying to attract Walmartyrdom Bucks.

      • Oh’behr

        Also, because on the right, they know Walmart doesn’t have Transfolk in it’s restrooms since WalMart has no official policy on it, unlike Target. (Which actually is awful, thanks for nothing, WalMart).

        I see that comment about Target still online and think how dumb are these people when they shop at WalMart or other retailers. Duh. Yes, Transfolk are everywhere.

        • I know of two transwomen who work for Walmart. I’m quite sure they use the restroom with the lady on the door

        • Friday

          It’s all ridiculous. Frankly, I’ve been assaulted and I feel safer *with* a transwoman around than alone. Most are pretty scrappy.

    • zhera

      They WANT resistance. How else to get their fantasy of being victims out there? Nobody’s going to bother donating to a cause that’s over.

      • Barry William Teske

        ^^^THIS^^^

  • bkmn
    • TuuxKabin

      WE’RE QUEER! WE’RE HERE! WE WILL NOT LIVE IN FEAR!!!

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          AND ENJOY A BEER!

          • Todd20036

            And get laid!

            You rhyme, I’ll fuck.

    • Jerry

      While the U-Haul was a nice gesture, at the next stop, maybe put a little more bling on the protest vehicle…
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ab440de6b9a37a8c59e0ed69c398481704c3eb057337c9ce4b04247f09380fde.jpg

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      Not until they pry the hot hard cock out of my mouth.

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      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        Mrs. Brian Brown or one of the 8 in the Brownie Brood? Your NOM gig is not feeding you anymore?

        • Regan DuCasse

          He has nine children now. Showed off the newest infant around early November last year. Countdown when Mrs.B is pregnant again with number 10 in another five months.

  • Treant

    Yes, yes, paint spatter is illegal, terrible, awful, and wrong. I’ll get around to caring about that eventually, but it’s got to join the queue somewhere well behind horrible treatment of actual people every day by the people whose stuff got mildly paint spattered. Assuming they didn’t stage that themselves.

    I expect to get there around the sixth of never, in other words.

    • David L. Caster

      Paintball anyone?

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  • TuuxKabin

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  • Barry William Teske

    It’s the ‘my free speech is my constitutional right until what is said is taken seriously for the crime of HATE through incitement it actually is’ bus.

  • Blackfork

    A very nice group of young people taking out the trash. Sweet!

  • Gigi

    Comments on the video are oh so Christlike:

    “Should fire on people destroying property. They don’t learn otherwise.”

    “…Next time you shouldn’t use the brakes.”

    • Treant

      Well yeah. Turn the other cheek unless it’s, like, inconvenient or you don’t want to or something.

      • David Walker

        I ran out of cheeks years ago.

        • Treant

          I might have an extra chin if you’d like one of those…

        • cleos_mom

          But turning the other one is a priceless way to get a sore butt.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        It reminds me of GOPers who growl and roar that the unemployed should starve to death until the day they happen to be the one without a job. Then they scream “Persecution. Where is your mercy? You can’t let the most precious person in the world die!”

    • Bj Lincoln

      Shooting people or running them over sounds about right for their crowd. We try to come up with humorous ways to deal with haters that would not hurt them. Most are to dumb to get the joke anyway.

  • zhera

    Is that the kind of bus that has a toilet? Who travels with this bus, is it only men? If there’s even one woman (doubt it) or a woman they meet on the ‘tour’ is allowed to use that toilet, their whole shtick about bathroom access becomes even more laughable.

    Bri Bri, do you and your sons use the same bathroom as your wife and daughters? Are you all living in the same house? Perhaps you lock the girls in their rooms at night, a la Duggar?

    • david fairfield

      None of that matters. It’s only lgbt’s that need to apply to a different set of rules. They can do as they please, including giving orders to those over whom they are superior.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/guypbenson/status/848170617920786432?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
    O/T but folks on the right are ever so made about people commenting on Pence and his wife (who is a divorcee.)
    Maybe if he and his wife quit trying to tell other women and LGBT folks how to live their lives, we wouldn’t make comments on theirs.

    • zhera

      What Pence is doing is to say that he cannot be trusted with women if his wife isn’t present. Whether the women are married, single, interested in Pence or not; doesn’t matter.
      He’s probably superawesomefun to work with/for! /s

      • SoCalGal20

        He’s apparently also one of those men who views women as temptresses. Their mere presence causes him to lose all semblance of control and propriety.

        • TuuxKabin

          You really know hetero men, to a peg. Good call.

        • zhera

          For men like Pence (and Trump), the whole purpose of women is to please men and be a vessel for the men’s children. At the same time the men like Pence (NOT Trump) must appear godly and righteous.

          I would not be surprised if Pence has some rather ugly skeletons in his closet.

          • Ninja0980

            I have a feeling he’s made the moves on women who aren’t his wife many times.
            As you said, when one views women the way Trump and Pence do, sexual harassment is no big deal for them.

      • HomerTh

        Lol, Having no women around means Pence has plenty of men to mess around with.

      • cleos_mom

        And it’s also a good way to exclude the wimmins who aren’t shoeless and/or enceinte.

        http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a9209120/mike-pence-dinner-alone-women/

      • OdieDenCO

        what hit me as odd was; it women and a meal that seem to pop his cork. mikey may have cannibal interest.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      The folks on the right can’t talk. They have Scott DesJarlais, Vitter, and that recent guy cheating on his wife with his patient/cousin. And of course, Trump.

  • Tiger Quinn
    • Treant

      I hope that was an extra long cigarette break.

    • Piona O.

      Reminds me of that guy in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square, in a slackier way. 🙂

  • ByronK

    Poor BriBri’s feefees got a booboo. Can you imagine the reaction if there was an anti-Christianity bus driving around?

    • Sissy Spacedout

      Yes. Such a vehicle would need armour and bullet resistant glass.

      • Oh’behr

        and something to stop a launched missile from some eager 2nd amendmenter.

    • TrollopeReader

      I wonder how many singles of supporters he’s had in each city?

  • Taylor

    All NOM wants out of this is footage to show how mean the LGBT community is to the poor Christians, so they can use it as fund raising propaganda.

    They really aren’t getting much support from their supposed followers. We’d be doing ourselves a favor if we simply gathered to point and laugh at them.

    • AJayne

      Pointing and laughing en masse would make great optics!

    • M Jackson

      It takes a lot of money begs to keep Brian in cheeseburgers.

  • TheManicMechanic

    I love our people.

    Now, if one of them would only have a shoulder mounted missile launcher… 😉

    • Oh’behr

      could coat it in glue and glitter.

  • Walter Maerlyn
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  • 2patricius2

    “Video from @CitizenGO of the “tolerance” the #FreeSpeechBus met with in Boston yesterday….”

    Hmmm. NOM wants to take away the rights of transgender people and calls it intolerant for people to react negatively to their intolerance? NOM ignores the violence against and killing of transgender people and gets in a huff when people respond angrily? NOM is a hate group. Hate speech and actions are not tolerance. And there are a heck of a lot of people who will not tolerate such hate. No one from NOM got physically attacked. It was the hateful message on their bus that was the target of the attacks.

  • AJayne
    • Oh’behr

      American revolution again, baby!

      Even many of us oldsters don’t like NOM’s shit.

    • M Jackson

      NOM, thanks for showing us how many other people hate you. What’s your point?

      • Jack

        Interesting use of the word “right.”

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Wow! At 4:13 EDT, there were 3 ReTweets and 6 💛

    • kareemachan

      Boo-effing-hoo, NOM

    • Max_1

      “Blocking OUR right of way…”
      Yet, NOM has no qualms in blocking Trans’ Rights.

  • Clive Johnson
    • Oh’behr

      I’m shocked, shocked I tell you. (Not really). Another day, another christer.

      Plus ewww, that’s major gross. I wonder if he’ll get off being born again or being washed in the blood of the lamb again? The Jesus car wash.

    • usorthem3

      It just amazes me what news comes out of my birth city. Not surprised, just fascinating who the conservatives live in their clest lives.

    • Friday

      Imagine if they all got busted at once.

    • Ninja0980

      Another Bible thumper gets busted.
      Who will be next?

  • NeverEclipsed

    Is that the same bus they run through spanish speaking communities that says, girls have vaginas boys have penises? I wonder how they word the one they run near Harvard lol.

    • Friday

      Man, the punks at the Pit in Harvard Square would have stood in front of that bus crotch-checking each other and scratching our heads. 🙂

  • safari
  • Deluca

    Anti-gay trans activists vs. anti-gay NOM activists. Popcorn!

  • -M-

    No one’s saying boys and girls aren’t different, they’re saying that NOM isn’t the boss of any of them and doesn’t get to inflict their arbitrary definitions of who’s a boy and who is a girl and what boys or girls are or aren’t allowed to do on everyone else.

  • Chrissy

    Wouldn’t it be funny if it was discovered that u-haul was rented by NOM so they could claim victimhood?

    • Friday

      They claim ‘victimhood’ if you tell them they can’t torture children for ‘marriage.’

  • sword

    Some one needs to guide the hate bus to Atlanta…the Interstate is wide open…no traffic…make sure you are travelling at full speed.

    • Friday

      Actually a couple essential highways in Atlanta just burned down cause they were storing flammable shit under essential infrastructure. Because South.

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    So the hate bus makes stops in Manhattan, Boston, New Haven and downtown Philadelphia, and the NOMmies just can’t understand why they’re met with derisive protesters instead of adoring fans.

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