Organizers of the Great Nationwide Kiss In understood the imporance of a kiss when they first decided to turn it into a movement. They repeatedly told the stories of: the two men in El Paso who were kicked out of Chico’s Tacos in El Paso, Texas for kissing; the two lesbians kicked out of Rolling Oaks Mall in San Antonio, Texas for kissing; and the two young mean forcefully detained for a kiss on a popular promenade is Salt Lake City which is now owned by the Mormon Church.
Last night a not-so-unusual event happened at Chico’s Tacos in El Paso, Texas. While waiting to order, two men gave each other a simple kiss. Private security guards with All [Heterosexual] American International Security found their masculinity threatened, approached the men and advised them that they they, “didn’t allow that faggot stuff to go on there.”
The men were asked to leave; however, Carlos Diaz de Leon, one of the men in the group, feared what was happening and called police.
We all remember eHarmony’s refusal to provide services for single gay folk attempting to make a harmonious match and the resulting lawsuit. Ultimately, eHarmony started a separate site for gay and lesbian people, but not without a fight by the founder, Christian Evangelical Dr. Neil Clark Warren! Enter chemistry.com.
Noting the fact that eHarmony had just shunned a large and loyal target market, chemistry.com launched (and continues to run) ads saying “Rejected by eHarmony, Because I’m Gay?” and “Gay? Not on eHarmony.”
Over the past several months, the San Antonio Texas Police Department has come under scrutiny for abuses to LGBT people. This comes as no surprise considering their history – including incidents involving yours truly.
The latest episode involves an “anonymous” tip from a neighbor of a lesbian couple indicating the two women had a meth lab in their home. Although untrue, police were able to secure a warrant and entered the couple’s home by knocking the door down on April 28, 2009.
McDonald’s recently settled a discrimination complaint wherein two men allege that upon placing an order for food at a Louisville McDonald’s, they were victims of name calling, including an employee calling them “faggots.” The two men, Ryan Marlatt and Teddy Eggers, complained to the manager who advised them that she didn’t see the “big deal.”
After the two men were unable to get a response from McDonald’s, the ACLU filed a complaint alleging that the verbal attack by employees of McDonald’s constituted a violation of Louisville’s Fairness Ordinance, which bans companies from discriminating against people based on numerous factors, including sexual orientation.
A study by the British Psychological Society has revealed that extreme prejudices are highest against gay men, seconded by lesbians, while some prejudices can be found in 41% of people polled against lesbians and 35% against gay men.