Lesbians Booted From Mall for PDA
BY Advocate.com Editors
October 16 2010 5:55 PM ET
The management of Cameron Village shopping center in Raleigh, N.C., has apologized to a lesbian couple booted from the mall Wednesday for kissing in public.
According to The News & Observer, representatives of York Properties met Saturday with Caitlin Breedlove of Durham and her girlfriend. The company apologized to the women Friday.
“Breedlove said she and her girlfriend, whom she declined to identify, were on a bench Wednesday at the shopping center when a female security officer told them they were being too affectionate,” reports The News & Observer. “Breedlove said she questioned why they were being singled out when heterosexual couples weren't being stopped for engaging in similar behavior.
“Breedlove said that after the officer told them to leave, she asked to speak to a supervisor. The male supervisor reiterated that they should go. York Properties did not release the names of the officer or supervisor.”
York Properties said it suspended and will reassign the first security officer who confronted the women, and it plans to hold sensitivity training for the rest of the security staff.
Breedlove, the codirector of a social justice organization that advocates for gay rights, welcomed the apology, but she still plans to hold a Sunday afternoon rally across the street from the shopping center. The ACLU assisted with her complaint.
Watch the report from WTVD-TV.