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October 1st, 2011

Gay-Friendly Southwest's Homophobic Employee(s)

I think this article explains it best:

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.


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.

Southwest is normally a very gay-friendly airline - they are even the official airline for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

At first I could understand the company's point of view, which is that they won't be responsible for the actions of one or a few employees - I am a Southwest regular, I have seen many other gay couples on these flights, and have never before seen this problem arise, so I can readily believe this is just the actions of one group of homophobic individuals. But now that they have tried to imply the couple brought discrimination on themselves, I hope for an apology for that statement, along with disciplinary action taken against those involved with kicking the couple off the flight for nothing more than a quick kiss.