"Lesbian" Shirt Got Woman Kicked Out of Federal Building

Don't ask, don't tell - and certainly don't put it on your shirt. Here's the story of how Lapriss Gilbert was forced to leave a Social Security office because she was wearing a "Lesbian.com" shirt:

As she headed for a line to pick up a Social Security card for her son, Gilbert was stopped by a guard who said her T-shirt, naming an educational and resource Web site for gay women, was offensive.

She said the guard, who works for a private company hired by the Department of Homeland Security, demanded that she leave the building or face arrest.

"As an African-American and a lesbian, I haven't been through one day without facing some sort of discrimination ... but this is just shocking," said Gilbert, 31.

Link - Thanks Tiffany!

(Photo: Hans Gutknecht)

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Ack! I didn't say she deliberately went there to cause trouble, or that she was expecting trouble.

Maybe it's a cultural (USA) thing, but I wonder why she isn't satisfied with the resolution that the security company provided. A lawsuit would indeed be frivolous - did she suffer emotional trauma or financial loss from the guard's actions? It trivializes the real efforts of people like Rosie Parks and events like Stonewall, or the brutal murder of Matthew Shepherd. He was killed for being gay. She lost her place in a line for a few minutes, then got to go to the front of it: boo-hoo.

lol, Jimbo. Did you even read the article?
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What has happened to this country where we have become a nation of offended people. I have two lesbian friends and we joke all the time. I am straight by the way. I tell them that God hates them and they just say that makes them hot. It is humor! We are great friends even though we disagree.

However, having said that, let me be clear. She should not have lost her job over this unless the company policy has a dress code about such things. Many do, but they should have ask her to go home and change. That is what they do here. The very fact that is made it here means that it hit the media. So she is in fact an Attention Whore, to the core. Do know how many times in my life I have been treated poorly? Plenty, but do I call the news and become a Attention Whore? NO

I was even laid off on December 15th one year so they wouldn't have to pay me my week vacation pay. NOTHING I could do about. This stuff happens and it is always best to just do your job and make a statement somewhere else.

For the record, I would never wear a shirt to work that said something like www.youngpornmovies.com. I would get fired too!

BTW, glad some of you have a little humor
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Oh, and I don't think some of the more incendiary comments on here are worth replying to. Trolls are everywhere. Also ted: Your line about dry wit was very funny.
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Ted, I disagree, too. She didn't go there to get thrown out. She was wearing a shirt to run an errand, a shirt to educate others and was discriminated against (very badly, in my opinion) for it. The opportunity to educate MORE people fell into her lap. I hope she uses the publicity to her advantage, and she absolutely deserves to win a suit if she files one. That would not be a frivolous lawsuit, it would help educate about discrimination. The fact that sharing this story publicly opens her up to MORE discrimination (see some of the comments here and multiply) and she's doing it anyway doesn't say "loves to be victimized". It tells me that she's sacrificing her personal safety to help her cause.
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Thanks, Polx.
I`m hoping Alex puts it on a t-shirt for me. That way, I can finally stop wearing my "Guess what I learned in prison" shirt.

Hey, Peeved. I don't think "most" people here are disagreeing with me. I think most people are shocked at the guard's actions, but not too surprised that she would milk the situation. A lawsuit for that? Come on... it's frivolous, and it cheapens much more serious problems.

I also didn't say she actively sought out controversy, just that she seems to enjoy finding it. Some people aren't happy unless they're unhappy.
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