Lesbian Couple kicked out by restaurant manager Booted for Kissing in Phoenix Restaurant Offered Apology
Wow. A lesbian couple was told to “get a room” by a restaurant manager at a Sheraton hotel in Phoenix while they were celebrating their anniversary.
The couple, Kenyata White and Aeimee Diaz, were at Sheraton’s District Kitchen restaurant in downtown Sunday to celebrate their one-year anniversary. The couple says that after they engaged in a kiss the manager approached them and told them to “get a room,” saying that he had received complaints from patrons in the restaurant. Upon seeing how upset White and Diaz became the manager made the offer of free drinks if the left immediately and returned at a later date, according to an ABC News report.
“By no means at all were we doing any inappropriate activity. It was a light kiss a kiss that you could give your friends on the lips. It wasn’t any make out at all and so we were very puzzled as to why we need to get a room,” White told ABC.
Here is what i think happened. It was the manager who suffered from homophobia NOT the stance of the Sheraton. No manager, regardless of complaints from customers, is going to go up to a couple and say “get a room”. That type of comment comes from a place of homophobia, not from the displeasure of other restaurant patrons. And then when the couple stood up for themselves the idiot backed down with their dildo between their legs and offered them free drinks only to try and squelch the shit storm they just caused.
White took to her Facebook page to express outrage over being discriminated against, and was treated to an outpouring of support from the community, an invitation to return to the restaurant and even to a statement from Phoenix’s Mayor Greg Stanton, who wrote about the incident on his Facebook page.
“In our city, diversity is our strength and we support our LGBT friends, family and neighbors. We fully expect the Sheraton, which also has committed their support to our LGBT community, to work with Equality Arizona and resolve this issue in a professional way with their staff. Let’s be completely clear — Phoenix is a gay-friendly city and we welcome the LGBT community, not only because it is good business but also because it’s the right thing to do,” Stanton wrote, according to Yahoo.
We love Greg Stanton!
Sheraton’s general manager released a statement saying “We embrace diversity and are proud supporters of the LGBT community. We take this incident very seriously.” The statement goes on to say ”Our restaurant is open for all to enjoy. We sincerely regret that this incident took place.”
If only the Sheraton was clothing optional…:)
via SheWired – Lesbian Couple Booted for Kissing in Phoenix Restaurant Offered Apology.
The Sheraton, like any hotel, is clothing option, if you get a room
Meanwhile, you are right, it was the manager, and I can’t imagine this outpouring of grief from so many patrons over one quick kiss, which I doubt 99.9% of patrons saw, given that they were probably involved in their own lives, and not those of fellow diners. You now, I spent time in rural Mississippi recently, and in small town Natchez, and the gayness was out and about, and open and no one ever said a word. And if it didn’t happen in Mississippi by the public at large, I doubt it happened in downtown Phoenix, where I have also lived. Perhaps the manager is also offended by the two dozen or so statues of naked men and women that surround the local community theater, the Herschberg I believe, which is just blocks from the Sheraton.