By Douglas Morino Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 08/26/2008 12:11:15 AM
VAN NUYS - A routine trip to the Social Security office Monday turned into 30 minutes of shock, disbelief and irritation for Lapriss Gilbert, who was forced to leave the federal building by a guard who objected to her “lesbian.com” T-shirt.
As she headed for a line to pick up a Social Security card for her son, Gilbert was stopped by a guard who said her T-shirt, naming an educational and resource Web site for gay women, was offensive.
She said the guard, who works for a private company hired by the Department of Homeland Security, demanded that she leave the building or face arrest.“As an African-American and a lesbian, I haven’t been through one day without facing some sort of discrimination … but this is just shocking,” said Gilbert, 31
Lori Haley, a federal spokeswoman for the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement - which is under the Homeland Security umbrella - said the guard was out of line.“We believe that the actions of the contract security guard were inappropriate and unacceptable - we have notified his company, Paragon, of our position in the matter,” Haley said……An attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union said that instances of sexual discrimination are rare in Federal buildings.“I haven`t seen this type of blatant discrimination in a federal office building before,” said Peter Eliasberg, a family attorney for first amendment rights who spoke on behalf of the ACLU.
I bet this asshole who couldn't make it on the real police force still has his damn job, even after the complaint with his company was filed. These rent a cops think they can do what ever they want. This lady need to personally sue this asshole directly, name his company too, but go after him personally.