Equal time for gays on ballpark kiss-cams?

J.C. Arenas
More mainstreaming of homosexual behavior...
About 200 gay men and lesbians were planning to partner with the St. Louis Cardinals to hold an "OUT at the Ballpark" afternoon at Busch stadium on Saturday, hoping for nothing more than good weather and an inspiring performance from the Redbirds.

But now members of the group, which was organized by Ethan Barnett of Pride St. Louis, are hoping to get on the team's "kiss cam," to protest what they say is discrimination at sports venues against members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) community.

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Some gays and lesbians who were at the game said it appeared that by having the kiss cam linger on the men - who seemed to them to be straight -- there was an insinuation that the men were gay. The kiss cam catch was followed by hoots and derisive cheers from the audience.

"We always felt left out because the kiss cam always singles out heterosexual couples," Harrison Roberts said today. Roberts is the manager of Just John's on Manchester Avenue in The Grove, where the official after-party will be held on Saturday following the game.

"But after what happened at the Rams game, all the gay and lesbian fans that were there felt embarrassed and a little degraded," he added.

"Why shouldn't we be on the camera, too?"




More mainstreaming of homosexual behavior...

About 200 gay men and lesbians were planning to partner with the St. Louis Cardinals to hold an "OUT at the Ballpark" afternoon at Busch stadium on Saturday, hoping for nothing more than good weather and an inspiring performance from the Redbirds.

But now members of the group, which was organized by Ethan Barnett of Pride St. Louis, are hoping to get on the team's "kiss cam," to protest what they say is discrimination at sports venues against members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) community.

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Some gays and lesbians who were at the game said it appeared that by having the kiss cam linger on the men - who seemed to them to be straight -- there was an insinuation that the men were gay. The kiss cam catch was followed by hoots and derisive cheers from the audience.

"We always felt left out because the kiss cam always singles out heterosexual couples," Harrison Roberts said today. Roberts is the manager of Just John's on Manchester Avenue in The Grove, where the official after-party will be held on Saturday following the game.

"But after what happened at the Rams game, all the gay and lesbian fans that were there felt embarrassed and a little degraded," he added.

"Why shouldn't we be on the camera, too?"