Cameron Village management apologizes for confrontation with lesbian couple

From staff reportsOctober 15, 2010 

— The management of Cameron Village shopping center issued an apology today over an incident in which security officers confronted a lesbian couple who were being publicly affectionate.

Caitlin Breedlove, 29, of Durham, said she and her girlfriend were ordered by security officers to leave Cameron Village on Wednesday after they held hands and gave each other pecks on the cheek. Officials from York Properties, which manages Cameron Village, say it was the woman who offered to leave and not the guards who asked them to go. But they said they regret the confrontation.

Lynne Worth, a vice president of York Properties, said that the security officer who initially confronted the couple has been suspended and reassigned to other duties. She said the officer’s supervisor and all the security officers will receive additional sensitivity training.

“Cameron Village and York Properties have no tolerance for discrimination of any kind and believe that all people deserve the right to be treated fairly in their work, homes and daily lives,” Worth said.

In addition, Breedlove will meet Saturday with representatives from York Properties.

Breedlove said she still plans on holding a rally on Sunday across the street from Cameron Village. Breedlove is co-director of Southerners on New Ground, a social justice organization that is involved with gender, immigration, sexuality and race issues.

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