Gay Man Says He Was Ejected from Phil...

Gay Man Says He Was Ejected from Philadelphia Park for Kissing Another Man

There are 3 comments on the www.southfloridagaynews.com story from Nov 26, 2012, titled Gay Man Says He Was Ejected from Philadelphia Park for Kissing Another Man. In it, www.southfloridagaynews.com reports that:

Monday, 26 November 2012 11:57

Raphael Perez, 38, has frequented the park to work out, paint and converse with friends. On Sept. 26, he said, he was sitting on a bench talking with a male friend when the two shared a kiss — and a security officer confronted them.

“It was only one kiss, 20 seconds maximum, and one of the security officers came over behind us — we didn’t see him coming or anything — and he just came up behind us and said, ‘You cannot do this here, you have to go,’” Perez said.

Perez has since filed a complaint against the hospital with the city’s Human Relations Commission. The city’s Fair Practices Ordinance prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in public accommodations.

The hospital released the following statement in response to an inquiry about the complaint: “At Thomas Jefferson University we believe all individuals should be treated with dignity and respect. The university has not received a copy of Mr. Perez’s complaint, and in any event, we will not comment on a pending legal matter.”

Reynelle Staley, director of compliance at the Human Relations Commission, confirmed that the university had not been officially notified of the complaint as of Monday but it would be soon.

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Since: Mar 09

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#1 Nov 26, 2012
Sue.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#2 Nov 26, 2012
snyper wrote:
Sue.
He's already taken the proper legal action.

Perez has since filed a complaint against the hospital with the city’s Human Relations Commission

Since: Jun 11

AOL

#3 Nov 26, 2012
While I'm usually not a big fan of the "kiss in" as a political protest, it seems appropriate for this instance, although education of the guard may be enough.

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