Lesbian Couple Ordered to Leave San Francisco Museum for Holding Hands
A hand-holding lesbian couple was ordered to leave a museum… in San Francisco. Oh, and it was a Gertrude Stein exhibition.
That’s right. Two gay women, enjoying the work of (arguably) the gayest female artist who ever lived, in the gayest city on the face of the earth, were told they would have to leave the museum just because they were holding hands, something girlfriends of all sexual orientations do all the time.
According to the Huffington Post, this all went down at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. When a security guard told the couple that they weren’t allowed to hold hands and would have to leave, the women refused and asked to speak to someone in charge. By this time, they’d drawn quite the crowd of shocked San Franciscans who probably thought their famously permissive city was the last place on earth they’d ever witness such a scene.
But witness it they did. Being that this is San Francisco, the head of security immediately dismissed the offending guard, who was a temporary worker brought in to relieve a staffing shortage. Connie Wolf, the museum director, assured everyone that he would not be allowed to work there ever again.
“Please let me be crystal clear that the CJM has a zero tolerance policy concerning any type of prejudiced or racist word or action— whether directed at CJM visitors or staff,” Wolf wrote. “The Museum has distinguished itself as a welcoming place where visitors, regardless of their backgrounds, can connect with one another through dialogue and shared experiences with the arts…We informed the company that the type of behavior exhibited by the guard is contrary to the CJM’s policy and is unacceptable.”
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