Lesbian couple harassed over quick kiss at Target Field
A lesbian couple say their evening at the ballpark was ruined when a security guard at Minneapolis’ Target Field scolded them for what they called a “brief kiss.”
City Pages reported that the guard confronted Taylor Campione and Kelsi Culpepper on May 27 during the Twins’ home game against the L.A. Angels. After seeing them share a quick peck on the lips, the guard allegedly said to Campione, “I saw you kissing that girl, you can’t do that.”
“I can kiss whoever I want to,” Campione said she replied.
“Well, we don’t play grab ass here,” the guard answered.
Culpepper told the guard, “I don’t understand what’s wrong with kissing my girlfriend.”
“Well, here in the stadium, we adhere to the 10 Commandments,” the guard told Culpepper, who asked to speak to a manager.
“That ruined our entire evening,” Campione told City Pages. “We were super upset, we felt super uncomfortable.”
A spokesman for the Twins said the guard was reprimanded but continues to work at the stadium.
Campione and Culpepper said they’re filing a complaint with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, accusing the security guard of discriminating against them due to their sexual orientation.
“I want a zero-tolerance harassment policy instituted at Target Field,” Culpepper said. “I think it’s pretty pathetic that there isn’t one everywhere already.”