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Eradicating homophobia …Eden James, Change.org


Tell Southwest to apologize for kicking lesbian couple off flight

Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey weren’t expecting anything out of the  ordinary when they boarded their Southwest Airlines flight last Monday.  Camila kissed Leisha — just a typical “I love you” peck like any couple  might share.

Apparently, this was not okay with their flight attendant,  who came over to explain that two women kissing was not acceptable,  because Southwest is “a family-oriented airline.”

Leisha and Camila were extremely upset. The flight attendant wouldn’t  back down. The conflict escalated. And Leisha and Camila were kicked  off their flight.

Jeremy Sharp is a college student and a fan of Leisha’s — Leisha was one of the stars of the TV seriesThe L Word.” Jeremy  started a petition on Change.org demanding that Southwest apologize to  Leisha and Camila. Please sign Jeremy’s petition to Southwest today.

Southwest claims to be a supporter of LGBT rights — and, as  corporations go, Southwest has excellent anti-discrimination policies.  It’s even the official airline for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against  Defamation (GLAAD). But now that those policies are being put to the  test, Southwest is failing miserably.

In multiple statements, Southwest has refused to accept  responsibility for the actions of its employee, and has instead blamed  Leisha and Camila for bringing this discrimination on themselves. But  Leisha and Camila would have had no cause to get upset if they hadn’t  been targeted by their flight attendant for their sexual orientation.

Eradicating homophobia means more than saying the right  buzzwords and sponsoring the right organizations. It means making sure  that LGBT families are treated equally every day. If Southwest can brush this incident under the rug, what’s to stop other well-meaning companies from doing the same?

Southwest has already received an avalanche of bad publicity for both  its employee’s discriminatory behavior and its failure to accept  responsibility for the incident. The airline’s executives need to  understand that potential customers aren’t going to let this go until  Southwest issues an official, meaningful apology.

Please sign Jeremy’s petition asking that Southwest apologize to Leisha and Camila:

http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-southwest-to-apologize-for-homophobic-employees

Thanks for taking action,

– Eden and the Change.org team