Lesbian fans scolded by guard for kissing at Target Field, home of the Twins

Guard cites that the stadium adheres to the 10 Commandments. He only gets verbal and written reprimands. Asshats like this need to be fired.



​Taylor Campione and Kelsi Culpepper -- two lesbian women from Minneapolis -- were recently scolded by a Target Field security guard for what they call a "brief kiss."

After seeing the quick peck on the lips, the guard told the women that "we don't play grab ass here" and that they must "adhere to the 10 Commandments" while at the stadium.

"That ruined our entire evening," says Campione. "We were super upset, we felt super uncomfortable."

The security guard has since been reprimanded, but continues to work at the stadium, says Kevin Smith, a spokesman for the Twins.

"That behavior just is unacceptable," Smith says of the biblical put-down. "That security guard has received both a verbal and written reprimand that will be put in his personnel file, and he understands that that is not an acceptable behavior."

But that may not be enough. Campione and Culpepper are filing a complaint with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, accusing the security guard of discriminating against them for their sexual orientation.

"I want a zero-tolerance harassment policy instituted at Target Field," says Culpepper. "I think it's pretty pathetic that there isn't one everywhere already."


A Twins spokesman says this is an isolated incident, and won't change policy.
​The confrontation occurred on May 27, during the Twins home game against the L.A. Angels.

Campione and Culpepper showed up to the game a little late. Culpepper stopped to use the restroom, giving Campione a quick kiss on the lips as she departed.

Immediately after, a middle-aged, mustached security guard in a Twins hat walked toward her, shaking his head.

"I saw you kissing that girl, you can't do that," the security guard said.

"I can kiss whoever I want to," Campione replied.

"Well, we don't play grab ass here," the guard answered.

When Culpepper came out of the bathroom, Campione told her what happened, and Culpepper decided to confront the security guard.

"I don't understand what's wrong with kissing my girlfriend," Culpepper told the man.

After some argument, the guard repeated his comment about not "playing grab ass."

"Then he said, 'Well here in the stadium, we adhere to the 10 Commandments,'" recalls Culpepper. "After that, I decided I was no longer going to speak with him, and I asked for his manager."

Target Field isn't releasing the name of the security guard, but Twins spokesman Smith says the guard has worked for the Twins for almost a decade, and has an otherwise "exemplary record."

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Comment by Steve on June 16, 2011 at 3:30pm
"Thou shalt not play grab ass" must be in the third tablet that Moses dropped. Never mind that there wasn't any ass grabbing
Comment by Scarlette Blues on June 16, 2011 at 4:09pm
This is just crazy that people think they can talk to other people like that. How would he feel if he kissed his wife and someone said the same to him? I'm sure he'd be just as offended.
Comment by Joe C on June 16, 2011 at 4:19pm
Since when is lesbianism mentioned in the Ten Commandants?  What an idiot bigot.
Comment by oneinfinity on June 16, 2011 at 4:25pm
If this guy had made a racist statement he'd be out on his ass. This should be no different.
Comment by Lindsay Kreis on June 16, 2011 at 4:57pm
The man has a right to speak his mind, but not while on the job. He should read the rule book for the stadium. Hell, he should read the bible. Everyone always brings up that leviticus quote, but if you read it closely, it says nothing about women ;) the women didn't get kicked out of the game, so I don't think they have a case. There's no law that says stadiums have to be secular. Their enjoyment may have been ruined, but they weren't harmed in any way.
Comment by Joe C on June 16, 2011 at 5:01pm

Lindsay is correct.  If you follow the bible literally, lesbianism is ok.




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