It won’t be enough for St. Louis’ gays to get the Cardinals to host an “OUT at the Ballpark” afternoon event on Saturday: The 200 members of Pride St. Louis, led by Ethan Barnett, also want the baseball team to whip out the kiss-cam for gay couples in the bleacher seats in some grand gesture to show sports stadiums don’t discriminate against gay couples in showcasing PDA.
The idea for a kiss cam moment came about after Sunday’s Ram’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. During the game, the kiss cam focused on two men in Arizona jerseys who jeered at the camera and made expressions of distaste toward one another. Some gays and lesbians who were at the game said it appeared that by having the kiss cam linger on the men – who seemed to them to be straight — there was an insinuation that the men were gay. The kiss cam catch was followed by hoots and derisive cheers from the audience.
“We always felt left out because the kiss cam always singles out heterosexual couples,” Harrison Roberts said today. Roberts is the manager of Just John’s on Manchester Avenue in The Grove, where the official after-party will be held on Saturday following the game. “But after what happened at the Rams game, all the gay and lesbian fans that were there felt embarrassed and a little degraded,” he added. “Why shouldn’t we be on the camera, too?”
Which of course is a perfectly reasonable request, but I draw the line at nipple biting.