A group of gay men are claiming they were subject to unfair treatment at the Chico's Taco's restaurant chain in El Paso, Texas. Two of the men were kissing, and were told to leave by security guards.
The men reported this to local media:
"We went, sat down to eat our food and security guards came and said that if they kept doing that, they were going to throw us all out of the restaurant."The restaurant has responded to the media with "no comment" and the All American International Security team stands by their two guards, claiming the men were loud.
Carlos said he then asked them why? Their response, according to Carlos: "They said 'we didn't allow that gay stuff to go on here.'" (KVIA)
The two men proceeded to seek help from the police department who responded that:
"It was against the law for two males and two females to kiss in public, that they could cite us for homosexual activity." (KVIA)While the anti-gay law does remain on the books, it has been struck down in 2003 and no longer enforced. The police department maintains that the new officer misinterepreted the law.
Demand that Chico's Taco's and the AAIS apologize for this incident and implement a program to train their employees to respect diversity training inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity.
4230 Alameda Ave
El Paso, TX 79905
All American International Security
P.O. Box 27109; El Paso, Texas 79926-7109