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The ACLU is now involved in a claim by a lesbian couple that they were asked to leave the Cameron Village shopping center in Raleigh, North Carolina after they held hands and kissed.

Q Notes reports

"Caitlin Breedlove says she and her partner had just finished eating at The Flying Biscuit on Thursday afternoon when they went to sit outside. There, they shared a brief kiss after which a security guard approached them and said they had to leave. According to a release, the security guard said that 'being affectionate' was 'inappropriate.' The couple asked the guard if he would have said the same thing if they had been an opposite sex couple. The guard said, 'No.' The couple asked to see the security guard’s supervisor, who also said they needed to leave, reminded them Cameron Village was private property and said, “You want this to be public, you want people to see what you are."

A demonstration is planned at the shopping center at 1 pm on Sunday.


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  1. I wonder how many straights were converted because of their kiss?

    Posted by: ronnykmarshall | Oct 15, 2010 1:51:17 PM

  2. The (original) Flying Biscuit is the gayest...(lesbianest (lol)) place in Atlanta! I think you are required to kiss a same-sex person before you can be served.

    That security guard needs to be fired and replaced by the butchest lesbian cop they can find. :)

    Posted by: Dallas | Oct 15, 2010 1:54:03 PM

  3. This happened in a mall here called Frei (sp. fray) Caneca a while back. Gay and straight protesters made a collective kissing protest. The security was fired. Now the mall is known as Gay Caneca and it's one of the most gay-friendly areas in São Paulo.

    Posted by: Syph | Oct 15, 2010 2:15:58 PM


    Posted by: THE QUEEN | Oct 15, 2010 2:29:07 PM

  5. “You want this to be public, you want people to see what you are."

    Back at you MallCop. lol I know I'd feel safer shopping there now.

    Posted by: Ufluguy | Oct 15, 2010 2:37:28 PM

  6. Here's the shopping center's phone number:


    Let's call them out for what THEY are.

    Posted by: PublicKisser | Oct 15, 2010 2:41:00 PM

  7. Does anyone else recognize the name of that shopping mall?

    How about (the very gay) David Sedaris' short story "Giant Dreams, Midget Abilities"?

    An obscure reference to be sure, but once you've heard David Sedaris sing Cameron Village's commercial jingle in the voice of Billie Holiday, you don't soon forget!

    Posted by: welah | Oct 15, 2010 2:42:56 PM

  8. To The Queen - Can you take your caps stuck keyboard and shove it right up your ass?

    Posted by: ronnykmarshall | Oct 15, 2010 3:31:07 PM

  9. "you want people to see what you are?"

    No, I want people to see WHAT YOU ARE.

    But anyone thinking she has any legal recourse in North Carolina are dreaming.

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 15, 2010 3:34:05 PM

  10. I just called the property management company (York Properties) that manages the Cameron Village shopping center to complain, and they connected me with a woman who told me that they have already suspended the officer and have scheduled a meeting with the victims for tomorrow. At least they're taking a step in the right direction.

    Posted by: Don | Oct 15, 2010 4:51:21 PM

  11. north carolina, yes, but this is raleigh - quite a progressive town. and cameron village is one of the gayest areas in the city! all the super-hot gay dudes grocery shop at the harris teeter and fresh market there! how this happened, i don't know... oh, that's right - mall cops. i just wish i didn't have to work on sunday... :(

    Posted by: michael | Oct 15, 2010 4:56:47 PM

  12. Well, now I know where I'm taking my boyfriend.

    Posted by: BenB | Oct 15, 2010 5:15:08 PM

  13. For these kinds of instances, I would suggest using a taser for self-protection; how safe could a couple feel when "security" tells them they are not allowed to be there based on who they are?

    Posted by: Queer Equality Revolution | Oct 15, 2010 5:52:35 PM

  14. The security guard was right about one thing - it is private property. That's why there's no substitute for real urban public spaces. Tacky American suburban shopping malls will never serve as public venues for free speech.

    Posted by: Dan | Oct 15, 2010 6:11:50 PM

  15. Here's the reply I got from this mall today.

    Dear Mr. ,

    Thank you for your email. Cameron Village is a family friendly shopping center that welcomes the entire community. We sincerely regret Wednesday's events and have arranged a meeting with Ms. Breedlove for tomorrow afternoon (Saturday).

    Cameron Village and York Properties have no tolerance for discrimination of any kind and believe that all people deserve the right to be treated fairly in their work, homes and daily lives. The officer involved was immediately suspended. The supervising officer and all security officers will receive additional sensitivity training.

    Cameron Village is committed to maintaining an open and welcoming environment for everyone.


    Pat Boyle, CMD
    Marketing Director
    Cameron Village Shopping Center
    1900 Cameron Street
    Raleigh, NC 27605

    Posted by: Marc | Oct 15, 2010 6:13:23 PM

  16. You'd think those two women were busy stripping off their clothes and going down right there on a park bench in front of children.

    Seriously? A kiss? Wow, that's offensive.

    Posted by: johnny | Oct 15, 2010 6:43:29 PM

  17. It's actually a pretty urban shopping of the first outside of a major metro area, opening over 60 years ago.

    Posted by: Nyrk | Oct 16, 2010 12:38:43 AM

  18. oh wow, I was just in Raleigh visiting friends and ate here. I bet if it were us four big burly bears, they wouldn't have said anything! LOL

    Posted by: nightfallcub | Oct 16, 2010 1:47:27 AM

  19. Guess this security guard thinks he is Saudi mutawa (morality police). Time for some mandatory diversity training for the mall cops. This will cost businesses in the mall some business and bad publicity. Dumbass move on the guard's part.

    Posted by: Todd | Oct 16, 2010 1:55:25 AM

  20. What is going on in the world that we live in today. A same sex couple kisses and gets asked to leave the social space that they are in. I thought this is a country of freedom of speech and to be yourself as long as it is not a threat to society.

    Posted by: Anthony | Oct 16, 2010 6:58:49 AM

  21. How stupid of the security guard! You have to wonder what would have happened if they had just decided to put on a lesbian sex show for the benefit of the straight men there?! Or could the guard have been a closeted, misogynistic gay man (there are many) who was offended at the sight of two women kissing?

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Oct 16, 2010 1:36:40 PM

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