Lesbians Booted From Gertrude Stein Exhibit

San Francisco museum guard orders them to stop holding hands
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Guvner
Posted Jul 20, 2011 3:59 AM CDT
Lesbians Booted From Gertrude Stein Exhibit
Raindrops pour down the statue of late US author Gertrude Stein. Is she rolling over in her grave?   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The irony was apparently lost on a museum guard who ejected two lesbians from a San Francisco exhibit on Gertrude Stein for holding hands. "We are not leaving and we want to talk to somebody in authority right now," the couple told the guard after they were informed they "couldn't hold hands," a witness tells the San Francisco Chronicle. A spokesman for the Contemporary Jewish Museum says officials support the gay community and have asked the private company that provides security to reprimand the guard.

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In another discrimination complaint on the other side of the country, a lesbian couple is suing a Vermont inn for refusing to allow them to hold a wedding reception on the grounds. The mother of one of the women was told point-blank that the Wildflower Inn does not host "gay receptions," the suit charges. "The law is clear that any business that provides a service to the public can't pick and choose who they want to serve based on the customer's race, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity," an ACLU attorney told MSNBC. The inn's owners were not immediately available for comment. (Read more lesbians stories.)

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