Lapriss Gilbert had popped into an office building to get her son’s social security card, but found herself ejected because the guard didn’t appreciate her shirt, which read “lesbian.com.”
She said the guard, who works for a private company hired by the Department of Homeland Security, demanded that she leave the building or face arrest.
“As an African-American and a lesbian, I haven’t been through one day without facing some sort of discrimination … but this is just shocking,” said Gilbert, 31.
Lori Haley, a federal spokeswoman for the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement – which is under the Homeland Security umbrella – said the guard was out of line.
“We believe that the actions of the contract security guard were inappropriate and unacceptable – we have notified his company, Paragon, of our position in the matter,” Haley said
Gilbert and her mother, a long-time gay activist, plan on filing a lawsuit against Paragon.