Lesbian Couple Harassed for Holding Hands at Gay Art Exhibit

girls holding handsThis story should go under the definition of "irony" in the dictionary as an example: A young lesbian couple in San Francisco at an exhibit about the life of Gertrude Stein were told by a security guard that they were not allowed to hold hands in the museum. No, I'm not making this up. I swear.

Let's review the details again, shall we? The young lesbian couple was in (world's most gay-friendly city) San Francisco at an exhibit on (legendary lesbian writer) Gertrude Stein.

And the security guard still hassled them for holding hands?


That's like getting thrown out of Disneyland for wearing Mickey Mouse ears or Hershey Park for eating a bar of chocolate. If I were one of those women, I would've thought there was a hidden camera somewhere and a celebrity host getting ready to jump out and tell me the whole thing was a big joke.

Luckily, they took the homophobe guard's request seriously and refused to comply, insisting to speak with someone in charge. Of course management at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, where the incident took place, apologized profusely for the actions of the guard (who was apparently employed by a private security firm and not the actual museum. Don't think his boss will be sending him there again! In fact, maybe this guy should be transferred to a different city, if not a different state altogether.).

To me, the whole mess serves as a disappointing reminder of the fact that even in a place where tolerance and acceptance prevail, certain individuals can and will choose to remain ignorant.

Is this the most ironic news story you've heard all year?


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