LOVE IS LOVE

PHOTOS: Couples Stage Kiss-In Supporting Boyfriends Booted From CA Mall

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PHOTOS: On Saturday, LGBT couples and straight allies gathered at the Westfield Galleria in Rosevilla, CA, to show solidarity with a gay couple who were asked to leave the mall after a security guard saw them kissing and holding hands.

Some 250 people—including members of the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center, the local PFLAG chapter and the Gay-Straight Alliance of Del Oro High School—danced, held hands and kissed at the “Love is Love” event, which was approved by mall management.

Reports Roseville Patch:

Galleria officials laid out a virtual red carpet for the event-goers providing amenities with servers offering attendees complimentary bottled waters, Mrs. Fields cookies and hot chocolate. They also commissioned an arched-entryway made of rainbow-colored balloons…

“Obviously we are excited about this. It is a great time to work with everyone and host this,” said Stephanie Ringey, Westfield spokeswoman. When asked if the security guard had been reprimanded in anyway, Ringey said that was “out of her area.”

However, she said mall officials are re-visiting their sensitivity training. “[Management] is looking at that and working with the LGBT community to see if there is room for enhancements or additions.”

Last Tuesday, Westfield’s manager issued an apology to the couple—Daniel Chesmore, 21, and his boyfriend, Jose Guzman, 24—saying, “we celebrate the diversity of our employees, shoppers and community, and will continue to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all.”

 

Photos: Robyn Eifertsen, Ron Williams, Jovi Radtke