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Lesbian Couple Told to 'Get a Room', Asked to Leave Phoenix Restaurant After Kiss: VIDEO


A lesbian couple in Phoenix were asked to leave the Sheraton Hotel's District restaurant on Sunday after sharing a kiss during an anniversary dinner, ABC15 reports:

Kenyata White and Aeimee Diaz were celebrating their one-year anniversary Sunday at Sheraton’s District restaurant, inside the downtown hotel, when they were asked to leave. The couple says they shared a simple kiss and they didn't think anything of it until the manager came up to them and told them to get a room.         

The women said the manager told them other patrons had complained to him. 

"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 said.     

After the manager saw how upset they were they say he apologized and offered them free drinks if they would leave and come back another time.


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  1. .....or instead of a "free drink" and coming back another time, asswhipe, you can get national coverage for being a bigot! Let's see...Free drink....vindication for bigoty and ruining our anniversary.....free drink....vindication for bigotry and ruining our annivrsary..... NO, we'll take the national media coverage of you and the Hilton being handed your head on a plate!

    Give 'em hell ladies!

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Feb 29, 2012 9:39:51 AM

  2. They should have accepted the manager's free drink, then thrown it in his bigoted face.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Feb 29, 2012 10:08:29 AM

  3. Why do I think this doesn't happen to their straight guest couples.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 29, 2012 10:22:22 AM

  4. So freedom of expression guaranteed in the constitution only applies if you're straight? We get it! I never knew kissing was illegal or an unprotected expression last time I checked albeit in a public or private venue.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Feb 29, 2012 10:28:25 AM

  5. Downtown Phoenix as well as the Starwood brand are both gay friendly.

    This is a no-brainer: Fire the damn manager.

    Posted by: endo | Feb 29, 2012 10:30:28 AM

  6. @Robert in NYC, nothing in protected in a private venue, public accomodations laws being the exception. The Constitution delinates the rights you have with respect to the *Federal government*. It says nothing about rules and restrictions that private institutions may impose on their own property.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | Feb 29, 2012 10:35:45 AM

  7. @NaughtyLola: It's a bit trickier than that! The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown hotel is not exactly a private institution. It is owned by the city of Phoenix and managed by Sheraton.

    Also, this incident screams for a kiss-in.

    Posted by: endo | Feb 29, 2012 10:40:28 AM

  8. They should offer him a free lawsuit.

    Posted by: Syrax | Feb 29, 2012 11:12:57 AM

  9. Seriously...the manager told the couple to "get a room"? Oh you just didn't go there! If that had been my partner and I and the manager had told us that I would not only be in the managers face about it, I would stand up and ask who was the coward that reported it to the manager. My partner and i have just as much right to kiss in a public place as heterosexuals do. And if they have a problem with it...HEY that's just too damn bad!

    Posted by: Ray Sager | Feb 29, 2012 11:18:08 AM

  10. I gotta give it up to these classy, classy ladies. They would have every right to demand a firing - and the company probably would have fired that manager to manage their PR - but instead, these women had the empathy to recognize a teachable moment out of such a demeaning and insulting act.

    Posted by: melissa | Feb 29, 2012 11:38:39 AM

  11. I actually think they handled it perfectly and with a lot of class. Once you have a tantrum you're just another "crazy faggot." If you just walk away you're backing down. These women found the right balance.

    Posted by: Yeek | Feb 29, 2012 11:42:43 AM

  12. Turnabout is fair play or so they say.

    So how about if rally our community and supporters to complain everytime we see heterosexual PDA in restaurants and bars.

    As a former waiter, I can tell you I have caught men fingering their dates under the table, busted up sex in the men's room, and of course seen kisses from light pecks to slobbery tongues.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Feb 29, 2012 11:52:52 AM

  13. Totally unacceptable. The manager should have told the complainants to leave.

    Posted by: DanSwon | Feb 29, 2012 11:57:36 AM

  14. Major respect to Mrs. White and Mrs. Diaz in handling this case of discrimination with class. Also, although the manager erred initially, I will say that he recognizing that these ladies were upset and wronged by and trying to make up for that with the free drinks offer (albeit in an ignorant way) as well as the restaurant seemingly taking this incident seriously and making amends by meeting with the couple and educating their employees on how to react in situations such as this, hopefully means a lot of positive can come out of this in the end. Ultimately, it's the bigoted men who complained who deserve the most criticism.

    Businesses across the country need to be teaching their employees how to react correctly in occurrences such as this, as much for their own reputations than the obvious desire to avoid unfair discriminatory practices against LGBT citizens.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 29, 2012 12:01:53 PM

  15. But these ladies handled this with absolute class. Bravo.

    Posted by: DanSwon | Feb 29, 2012 12:02:44 PM

  16. @QJ201: It would make no sense to complain about random people whose attitudes you know nothing about.
    I'd be all for complaining the next time THIS particular manager gives HIS spouse a hug on their anniversary (because of the double standard but NOT because I'd care if he was affectionate with her).

    Posted by: GregV | Feb 29, 2012 12:13:36 PM

  17. @Endo, still not a First Amendment issue. The City of Phoenix is not an arm of the Federal government.

    If it is indeed owned by the city then the restaurant is almost certainly subject to the city's public accommodations and anti-discrimination laws, but the US Constitution has nothing to do with it.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | Feb 29, 2012 12:36:53 PM

  18. I'm so sick of "diversity training" How about just tell managers not to be assholes.

    Posted by: Mick | Feb 29, 2012 2:55:52 PM

  19. I agree with DANSWON above.. if someone complains about a simple public display of affection in a restaurant or bar or airplane or wherever, the complainer should be offered the door.

    Posted by: JoeDE | Feb 29, 2012 3:35:53 PM

  20. The group of men who have been jerking off to "lesbian" porn for most of their adult life were "offended?" Republican hypocrisy at its very best. FTA!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Feb 29, 2012 3:53:08 PM

  21. It was caught on cameras that the ladies were straddling each other...there are always 2 sides to the stories, unfortunately with such a sensitive subject the Sheraton can't tell theirs.

    Posted by: Michelle Dolo | Feb 29, 2012 4:12:22 PM

  22. Guaranteed, if a couple had been kicked out of that restaurant because they were BLACK, the axe would have not just fallen on the IDIOT who started the whole deal. It would have been a top to bottom ass kicking, as it should be for GAYS. The only difference is that the gays don't seem to care as much as a whole... makes me so angry.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Feb 29, 2012 4:24:28 PM

  23. @NaughtyLola: I wasn't referring to the First Amendment; I was pointing out that it's a more complicated situation because the hotel is not a private institution as you insinuated.

    But you seem intent on defending the hotel's right to discriminate, so there's probably no reasoning with you.

    Posted by: endo | Feb 29, 2012 4:33:14 PM

  24. >Michelle Dodo. I call BS, show me a link.

    Posted by: Mary in Iowa | Feb 29, 2012 4:42:55 PM

  25. @Michelle Dodo--yeah, wheres your PROOF?

    Posted by: Chicklets | Feb 29, 2012 5:49:12 PM

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