Through The Static

June 5, 2008

Lesbians kissing in public? Mommy, make ’em stop!!

Filed under: Queer — ausaydong @ 1:42 pm

Caught this one? It’s been making news everywhere, particularly the blogs. From Sports Illustrated:

…a lesbian complained that an usher at Safeco Field asked her to stop kissing her date because it was making another fan uncomfortable.

The incident has exploded on local TV, on talk radio and in the blogosphere and has touched off a debate over public displays of affection in generally gay-friendly Seattle.

“Certain individuals have not yet caught up. Those people see a gay or lesbian couple and they stare or say something,” said Josh Friedes of Equal Rights Washington. “This is one of the challenges of being gay. Everyday things can become sources of trauma.”

As the Mariners played the Boston Red Sox on May 26, Sirbrina Guerrero and her date were approached in the third inning by an usher who told them their kissing was inappropriate, Guerrero said.

The usher, Guerrero said, told them he had received a complaint from a woman nearby who said that there were kids in the crowd of nearly 36,000 and that parents would have to explain why two women were kissing.

The Mariners’ response:

On Thursday, after an internal investigation, the Mariners said in a news release that their seating staff had acted appropriately, and the couple was approached because of their behavior — which included “making out” and “groping” in the stands — and not their sexual orientation.

“We have a strict nondiscrimination policy at the Seattle Mariners and at Safeco Field, and when we do enforce the code of conduct it is based on behavior, not on the identity of those involved,” Mariners spokeswoman Rebecca Hale said earlier this week.

In the release, the Mariners said the women were told they could continue to kiss, but that they had to “tone it down.

And just a little side not on this article: The woman described to be “groping” another is Sirbrina Guerrero, a contestant on the show with MTV’s favorite bisexual, A Shot at Love 2 with Tila Tequila.

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2 Comments »

  1. Baseball games are really puritanical in some places. They definitely go for a “kid friendly” atmosphere in some places, but it’s weird cuz I’ve been to games where fools were talking all kinds of smack and no ushers said anything (in L.A); but I was at a game in SF about a month ago, and my drunk friend was yelling out expletives, cheering on a player (“You’re the m.f.ing man!”), and an usher came up and told me to tell my friend to stop. And it’s like wtf, this is a sporting event, not church, I should be able to say what I want.

    So yeah I’m not surprised by this incident in the article. I wonder if other sports, like at a football game, if they would act this way. Baseball just seems to be obsessed with occupying a moral high horse.

    Comment by disciplepete — June 5, 2008 @ 1:52 pm | Reply

  2. “Kiss and I’m-TELLING-ON-YOU!!!”

    humanoids PD the PDA?

    ::whirrs away::

    Comment by bobbleheadedbob — June 6, 2008 @ 5:57 am | Reply


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