Lesbian Couple Questions If They Were Targets For Discrimination At Seattle Mariners Game
No kissing bae if you’re gay.
That’s the policy that a lesbian couple feels is being enforced by Seattle Mariners security at Safeco Field,
According to KING5…
On Wednesday afternoon the Mariners stood by a staff member’s decision to ask a same-sex couple to stop being affectionate, saying the incident boiled down to behavior and not the orientation the couple.
“The Mariners take all allegations discrimination seriously and did an internal review the matter,” Seattle Mariners Director Public Information Rebecca Hale wrote in a statement to KING 5.
Out Sports first reported the story about Giuliana Garcia and Calista Nabors’ experience on Friday, August 5. The couple said around the seventh inning an usher came up to them telling them they needed to stop being affectionate, that the game was a family friendly environment, and their actions were against the park’s code conduct.
Garcia says they would never make out in public and what happened was just a quick kiss.
Let the security tell it, Giuliana and Calista was outchea like…
Subsequently, the couple filed a complaint at guest services, which they then posted on Instagram.
The Mariners seem to be having a tough time figuring out if they are sorry, or if they stand by the rent-a-cop’s story.
In a voicemail the couple shared with KING 5, a guest relations manager apologizes, saying “this isn’t how we treat people. It just goes against our beliefs and the Mariners way.”
Yet in statement to KING 5 Wednesday Seattle Mariners Director Public Information Rebecca Hale wrote this:
“It is unfortunate the guests feel they were singled out for their sexual orientation. The Mariners take all allegations discrimination seriously and did an internal review the matter. The Safeco Field Code Conduct is intended to promote an atmosphere at the ballpark where everyone feels safe and welcome. We train our staff members to focus on behavior, not the individual, and to use their best judgment when addressing situations like public displays affection. After reviewing the incident and the actions all involved, we believe our staff acted on the behavior they observed and not the orientation the couple. However, this incident presents us with an opportunity to ask ourselves how we could have handled the situation better; how we approach our guests and the way we communicate to them the actions we take. Training our staff is an ongoing process and we intend to use the lessons learned here to continue to educate all our staff on the best way to do their jobs while honoring the diversity our community.”
What do you think? What’s going on here?