Comrades, I found this on a liberal site called Change.org. I thought I'd post it for fun.
No Lesbians Allowed!
Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey weren't expecting anything out of the ordinary when they boarded their Southwest Airlines flight last Monday. Camila kissed Leisha -- just a typical "I love you" peck like any couple might share.
Apparently, this was not okay with their flight attendant, who came over to explain that two women kissing was not acceptable, because Southwest is "a family-oriented airline."
Leisha and Camila were extremely upset. The flight attendant wouldn't back down. The conflict escalated. And Leisha and Camila were kicked off their flight.
Jeremy Sharp is a college student and a fan of Leisha's -- Leisha was one of the stars of the TV series "The L Word." Jeremy started a petition on Change.org demanding that Southwest apologize to Leisha and Camila. Please sign Jeremy's petition to Southwest today.
Southwest claims to be a supporter of LGBT rights -- and, as corporations go, Southwest has excellent anti-discrimination policies. It's even the official airline for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). But now that those policies are being put to the test, Southwest is failing miserably.
In multiple statements, Southwest has refused to accept responsibility for the actions of its employee, and has instead blamed Leisha and Camila for bringing this discrimination on themselves. But Leisha and Camila would have had no cause to get upset if they hadn't been targeted by their flight attendant for their sexual orientation.
Eradicating homophobia means more than saying the right buzzwords and sponsoring the right organizations. It means making sure that LGBT families are treated equally every day. If Southwest can brush this incident under the rug, what's to stop other well-meaning companies from doing the same?
Southwest has already received an avalanche of bad publicity for both its employee's discriminatory behavior and its failure to accept responsibility for the incident. The airline's executives need to understand that potential customers aren't going to let this go until Southwest issues an official, meaningful apology.
All I am going to say on this is these two lesbians weren't kicked off for being Gay. They were kicked off for making a scene. Unfortunately, TSA wields a lot of power these days. If you want to fly, you don't argue with airport, airline, or TSA officials. Just arguing with them is grounds for ejection from the airport.
Yes it is rather dictatorial, but it's the way things are. You can either not fly, or go along with it until we can get things changed. I flew to Laurens last July. I didn't like some of their regulations, but I needed to get on that plane, so I did what they told me to do. It sucked, but I had to be on that plane.