Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Southwest Airlines: Where Only Straight & Heavily Clothed Can Fly

In the past several years, I have made light of the clothing policies of the commissars that masquerade as stewards/stewardesses of Southwest Airlines.  As a class, the employees of this company are starting to remind me of so many of the bullies who become cops in this country.  Apparently, the Republican voters of this country do not want you kissing in front of them, either--that is, if you are gay or a lesbian, of course.

'L-Word' star kisses girl, gets escorted off plane

A lesbian actress who starred in "The L-Word" said she kissed a girl — and got escorted off of a Southwest Airlines flight on Monday for doing it.

Leisha Hailey took to Twitter to call for a boycott of the carrier after a flight attendant told them other passengers had complained after witnessing the affection.

Her first tweet said: "I have been discriminated against." She later added, "Since when is showing affection to someone you love illegal?"

Southwest Airlines Co. responded on its website that Hailey was approached "based solely on behavior and not gender." The airline's four-sentence response said passengers were characterizing the behavior as excessive.

A discussion followed on the flight, and the airline said it "escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground."
Hailey was a musician before joining the cast of the Showtime drama featuring the lives of lesbian friends and lovers living in Los Angeles. She played the character Alice Pieszecki.

The actress and her unidentified girlfriend were on a flight from Baltimore to St. Louis. The kissing occurred in the air and a discussion followed when the plane landed.

Hailey said the encounter between the couple and a flight attendant was recorded.

A message seeking comment from Halley's spokeswoman, Libby Coffey, was not immediately returned.

Southwest's website says it is the official airline of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at GLAAD, said in an email that "GLAAD contacted Southwest to call for additional actions beyond tonight's statement that ensure all customers feel comfortable and welcomed while traveling."

[snipped...b.s. paragraphs about Green Day singer and director Kevin Smith getting kicked off Southwest flights, which have nothing to do with what the hate-filled wretch who 'escorted' Leisha Halley and her girlfriend from their seats]

Halley is preparing to launch a 21-city tour to promote breast cancer awareness.


Congratulations, Southwest.  Prohibiting lesbian pda apparently is OK.  After all, you are the official airline of the people you discriminate against.  Maybe we should find out who the 'offended' employee was at Southwest and stage a gay and lesbian kiss-in at his/her office.  I am sure the official airline of gay people everywhere would appreciate that, and sadly probably not an infrequent number of young Republican men who are in the closet and hating themselves and everyone around them for it.  I cannot wait for the day when stories like this are relegated to history texts (assuming anyone will be able to read in the next generation).

And to that tightwad Southwest employee, I have a gift, just for you.

Wait for it.......

Wait for it.......

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