Lesbian Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant for Kissing

by Britni Danielle

Kenyata White and Aeimee Diaz were celebrating their anniversary over the weekend at the District American Kitchen & Wine Bar in Phoenix, Arizona, when their joyous celebration suddenly ended.

According to the couple, who met at the same restaurant, they were enjoying their evening and reminiscing about their first date when they were asked to leave by a manager after sharing a brief kiss.

“My partner and I were reminiscing … in one of the tall booths,” White explained. “I had my arm around her neck, and she had her hand around my waist. I gave her a hug for about a minute, pulled myself away to give her a quick kiss, and then we continued talking.”

A manager approached the ladies and informed them that their behavior “was inappropriate and we needed to leave the establishment,” because they were making others uncomfortable, but they could return the next day for free drinks.

Hmm….what?

The restaurant, located inside of a Downtown Sheraton Hotel in Phoenix, received massive criticism after White posted a brief message about the incident on her Facebook page. The hotel issued a statement saying that it is investigating the incident.

“At District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, we embrace diversity and are proud supporters of the LGBT community. We are taking this incident very seriously,” the statement said. “Our restaurant is open for all to enjoy, and we sincerely regret that this incident took place.”

The couple recently met with hotel management to discuss the incident and brainstorm solutions so that it never happens again. Although many would be calling for someone to be fired, Diaz said she’d rather use this as a teachable moment.

  • johnson

    meanwhile 70% of the voting black population in California rejoiced in the news of the gay couple being kicked out…. “Free at last, free at last!! woah where you’ll going” i said it before and i’ll said it again black folks need to be confronted about their bigortry

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    This was in Arizona which is a backward State so I’m not really surprised. I really feel bad for them since now this incident will always be with them when they celebrate future anniversaries.

  • mamareese

    Look this aint my cup of tea anywho….but leave folks alone, really. You cannot change that same sexes fall in love with each other….they aint going nowhere so leave it be. I don’t care to watch anyone slob someone down while Im eating but kicking them out seems way excessive.

  • Mindy

    Did I miss something? Were the restaurant or hotel owners black? I understand your complaint, but this article is not about black folk. I think this is an “all people” issue.

  • Bruna

    Can you read? They weren’t slobbing each other down; they shared a brief kiss. Would you object to a hetro couple slobing each other? I doubt it. Go sit down.

  • Dalili

    Does any good news come out of Arizona?

  • sli

    How did this become about black folks? Smh, every-d*mn-thing ain’t about black folks.

  • mamareese

    @ Bruna

    Wow folks sure are TRYING to be rude today. Yes, I did read the article. That was my point of personal reference.

  • mamareese

    Also I don’t care if you have 6 arms and 3 heads bi hetro homo it don’t matter this is excessive for anyone. Dang people try to make everyone else seem maladjusted….calm your nerves.

  • iQgraphics

    well,first thing, they are a beautiful couple

    Next, to me, What happened seemed obvious

    Here you have two beautiful women sitting near a group of men. These men were probably glancing in their direction all night. And when they embraced each other and kissed, one of the men got upset because he was out of the “race”

    Now this man, probably had some clout… a local business man, executive of something, but a regular customer, none-the-less.

    So now the waiter is put in an inconvenient position, either ask this couple to leave or tell the “regular” (and probably White) customer about um well, the law and how this couple had broke none.

    They thought this would blow over with a few Jim Crow* drinks.

    (*for lack of a better term)

    But it didn’t.

  • Saddiq

    Quite frankly, I’m strictly heterosexual. But there’s something HOT about two women kissing! Kick ‘em out??? Like Hell!! Give ‘em free drinks!!

  • Bee

    You know I rarely agree with you, but you are DEAD RIGHT about this. They are a gorgeous couple and a couple of jealous a$$ men couldn’t handle it.

    I hope they sue the heck out of that restaurant just to publicly embarrass the restaurant and make them lose customers.

  • LaDreaming86

    You know how men can be. If a woman isn’t doing something that is for their personal enjoyment, then it’s a problem.

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com Perverted Alchemist

    Well, if you really have to ask…LMAO!!!!

  • Alexandra

    Beautiful couple. The management made a huge mistake by asking them to leave. Glad they got put on the spot. Why did they have to leave & not the men who were ‘offended’?

  • iQgraphics

    and that kids, is a back handed compliment.
    HA

  • Simone L

    I saw (quite a few times) at the supermarket (Whole Foods and other places)men place their hands on their women’s ass…like…keep it their like they owned the woman, not a quick thing. That always makes me scratch my head. Like…come on!! That’s too much!! Does organic food make you horny?! A hand on the ass bothers me. Not a quick kiss and a hug.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    “Does organic food make you horny?! ”

    hey, why you think whole foods is so popular………

  • Velma

    The couple handled the situation great. Education and tolerance are key to how this is handled. The patrons who made a stink were obviously jealous.

  • Jenn

    She’s pointing out a statistics that apparently 70% of the black population does not support the LGBT lifestyle and yet they should be a population that understands how wrong oppression is. I fail to see the confusion. Tho’ I have no knowledge of the statistic.

  • alldawg

    im from az, and i voted against gay marriage.
    but that kiss may or may not have been an inapropiate kiss. IE open mouth tounge kiss.

  • alldawg

    Its more like a family didnt want their kids to see homosexuality in action. I somewhat agree with it.

    But no resturant wants to lose money, and gay money can be long, in that respect the resturant will go where the money is.

  • Dalili

    @ Perverted Alchemist: Yes, yes I do. :-) The stories from there make it seem like such an intolerant state it would be nice to get some good news to somewhat balance it out. Wishful thinking on my part perhaps but…….

  • iQgraphics

    @alldawg
    “Its more like a family didnt want their kids to see homosexuality in action. I somewhat agree with it.”

    But that’s not what happened. “A group of Men” complained, according to the news story.
    No kids, no families. Just angry testosterone enraged green eyed men.

  • modern lady

    I don’t want to see heterosexuals PDA, much less 2 girls.

  • http://essencegant.blogspot.com Essence

    If you don’t want to see something, why can’t you just look away? It’s not much more complex than that. People need to grow up, get educated and stop all of this discrimination. It’s 2012 for crying out loud. GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For our country to have made such progression, we sure can be stupid at times. Straight, gay, lesbian, bi, trans, whatever. Who cares? Mind YOUR business. Stay out of other people’s business. Get a life!

  • Donald K Sumner

    Wow! They would rather be lesbians than give bm a chance? Especially short bm? Heightist b****es!

  • Libby

    Stop Blaming California’s Black Voters for Prop 8. It’s an outrage to lay its passage at our feet. According to the exit polling, there’s enough blame to go around. Don’t forget the 49 percent of Asians who voted for Prop 8. And the 53 percent of Latinos who fell in line for it too. And then there is the white vote in support of 8. Slightly under 50% percent of them, a group representing 63% of California voters, voted “Yes” on 8. Last I checked blacks held little sway over all of those groups.

    Prop 8 and blaming the blacks
    The Atlantic Home Saturday, March 3, 2012

    Prop 8 and blaming the blacks
    By Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Jan 7 2009, 11:14 AM ET 108

    I’m sorry, but this really pisses me off. The problem with getting good numbers is that they invariably take time to come in. In the meantime, people are happy to run off and trumpet their half-cocked theories–unchallenged–to anyone who’s listening. I’ve tried to be measured and sensitive on this. But frankly, the scapegoating of black people for the failure passage of Prop 8 has been a travesty.
    Anyone who doubts that needs to read this report. http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/issues/egan_sherrill_prop8_1_6_09.pdf

    A few of the conclusions are as follows.

    1.) The 70 percent figure for black support of Prop 8 is wildly overblown, and in conflict with all the other polling done. The study concludes that 58 percent is a more likely number. To put that in context, the study also concludes that 59 percent of Latinos supported prop 8. That isn’t one-up-manship–it just means we were about the same.

    2.) Black people almost certainly did not account for 10 percent of the voters on Prop 8, they accounted for seven percent

    3.) 58 percent is still higher than the 52 percent for the state, as a whole, but that difference is almost entirely accounted for by the fact that no ethnic group in California is as religiously devout as (as measured by church attendance) African-Americans.

    4.) Among those who attended church weekly, African-Americans were support for Prop 8 was lower than amongst any other ethnic group.

    The faultiness of exit polling is well known. But when it comes to blacks, we believe the worse and ask questions, uhm, like never.

    The Atlantic Home
    Saturday, March 3, 2012

    Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Ta-Nehisi Coates – Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues for TheAtlantic.com and the magazine. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. More

  • Libby

    Man hate much?

  • LaDreaming86

    Nope.

    This is about men trying to police women’s behavior so that they can feel more comfortable.

  • RenJennM

    Hey, I’m all for PDA. As long you’re a hot couple, we’re good! lol

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