Lesbian couple fights back and wins

Lesbian couple holds protest outside of Cameron Village in Raleigh, after alleged case of gay discrimination

October 17, 2010 4:20:50 PM PDT
A lesbian couple kicked off the Cameron Village property after an embrace and a kiss on the cheek organized a demonstration to fight back on Sunday.The couple held a meeting across from Cameron Village. More than two hundred supporters held signs and chanted as Breedlove spoke to the crowd.

During her speech, she announced that Cameron Village who is owned by York Properties had met all of the couple's demands.

The couple met with property management for the first time Saturday.

Caitlin Breedlove says she and her girlfriend were sitting on a bench around lunchtime Wednesday, when they displayed the signs of affection.

That's when she says a York Properties security guard approached them, became hostile, and asked them to leave, despite heterosexual couples doing the same thing in the area.

Breedlove said York Properties has agreed to issue a written apology to the couple. It will also implement changes to the training it provides for all current and future security guards.

Employees will now have to go through anti-discrimination training and new hiring policies are also being put into action.

"At that point, we said, would that be the same if it was a man or a woman," Breedlove said. "And [the guard] said said no. It's because you're same sex and it's not appropriate."

After Eyewitness News first aired Breedlove's story, property management issued a statement calling the actions of the security guard, and her supervisor, inappropriate.

"The officers' actions do not reflect the views of Cameron Village and York Properties. The officer involved was immediately suspended. The supervising officer and all security officers will receive additional sensitivity training," the statement read.

The statement also indicated York Properties officials and Breedlove would meet Saturday, and they did.

But after the meeting, Breedlove wouldn't comment on any sort of resolution, despite repeated requests.

She does plan to hold a rally Sunday at Cameron Village, where she said she would speak about the issue.

York, however, did not wait that long.

They issued a statement saying:

"The meeting was brief and amiable. We welcomed the opportunity to sit down with the women and offer our sincere regrets over last week's incident. We apologized that the women were offended, and we affirmed that Cameron Village and York Properties, Inc. have no tolerance for discrimination of any kind and believe all people deserve the right to be treated fairly in their work, homes and daily lives. York Properties, Inc. plans additional sensitivity training for all security personnel. A written letter of apology was sent to the women."

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