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posted Friday, August 12, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 33
Lesbian kiss discrimination leads to Mariners admitting they must 'do better'
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Lesbian kiss discrimination leads to Mariners admitting they must 'do better'

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On Friday, August 5, a Lesbian couple at a Seattle Mariners game were chastised by, and apologized to, by the baseball team's officials for kissing in public.

The two women, Giuliana Garcia and Calista Nabors, say they do not understand why their basic displays of public affection (kissing) were deemed inappropriate by the people who complained - which included a Mariners staffer.

According to the women, during the seventh inning, an usher told them they were acting inappropriately. They were told they were being too affectionate for Safeco Field's 'family friendly environment.'

The women filed an official complaint and called their experience a 'hateful incident' on Instagram.

For anyone scratching their head saying, 'How could this be?' I've got news for you. The ugly truth is American's largely do not approve of Gays and Lesbians kissing in public. A study published in the American Sociological Review in October 2015, reported that although a solid majority of Americans support insurance coverage and inheritance rights for same-sex couples, they are far less comfortable with same-sex public displays of affection. Among heterosexuals, only 55 percent approve of Gay men kissing on the cheek in public, compared with a whopping 95 percent who say that it's okay for straight couples.

The Mariners PR folks are trying to sell the idea that no harm was done because the staff member acted on her own initiative last week. Team officials reviewed surveillance video and feel 'confident' the staff member acted on witnessing inappropriate behavior but not the couple's sexual orientation.

Seattle Gay News thinks it's important to note that this isn't the first time something like this has happened or led to a complaint being filed. Practically the exact same thing happened in 2008 to a Latina Lesbian couple, only they were kicked out of the stadium.

A report on this story also appears on Outsports.com.

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