At Target Field, a kiss isn’t just a kiss

City Pages reports that the Minnesota Twins have given a good talking-to to a security guard who scolded a lesbian couple for a brief kiss before one headed off to the bathroom.

Taylor Campione and Kelsi Culpepper say they may file a complaint against the Twins with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. “I want a zero-tolerance harassment policy instituted at Target Field,” Culpepper tells the alt-weekly. “I think it’s pretty pathetic that there isn’t one everywhere already.”

I don’t understand what’s wrong with kissing my girlfriend,” Culpepper told the man.

After some argument, the guard repeated his comment about not “playing grab ass.”

“Then he said, ‘Well here in the stadium, we adhere to the 10 Commandments,'” recalls Culpepper. “After that, I decided I was no longer going to speak with him, and I asked for his manager.”

A Twins official says the guard’s behavior was inappropriate. He still works for the team.

Baseball, which has tried to court the gay community, has often simultaneously turned it away. In Seattle a few years ago, a kissing couple was thrown out of the stadium.

Baseball teams often have “Kiss Cams,” but there’s no indication a kissing gay couple has ever been shown.

Coincidentally, City Pages also reports the Twins are considering making an “It Gets Better” video along the lines of the one released a couple of weeks ago by the San Francisco Giants.

  • Heather

    Seriously? I wonder which of the 10 Commandments the guard thought might be relevant to this situation. Sounds like he’d have been better off minding his own business.

  • Time to ban those Sunday games!

  • Kevin Watterson

    The best way to handle this is to put a stop to the “Kiss Cam” craze that has ruined so many sporting events. #killkisscam

  • Jill

    Actually, Target Field’s KissCam showed two different lesbian couples at games this season. I can’t remember which game. The KissCam is lame, but obviously the security guard needs to either find a new job or shut his mouth.

  • Greg


  • David G


    Given that this seems to have occurred on the concourse, and not in the stands, I don’t see what killing the Kiss-cam would have any relevance here.

  • JB

    Heather: He probably was referring to the scriptural directive against adultery.

  • Justin

    Well, was the kiss just a kiss?Or, were they being perverted. I wouldn’t want to see ANY couple play “grab ass” at a game. Not family friendly.

  • bsimon

    “He probably was referring to the scriptural directive against adultery.”

    I thought adultery referred to married people. Is one of the ladies in question married?

  • Jim Shapiro

    Gosh. It appears that they’re queer, and they’re here.

    I, like many (most?) men, kinda like viewing “attractive” lesbians, and kinda squirm in the presence of male homosexual smooching.

    Not sure whether either of my responses is based on nature or nurture or subconscious stuff.

    Part of my discomfort used to be related to my general discomfort around how to explain the birds and bees thing to my kids.

    I DO know that my own issues have nothing to do with the Great Book teachings, because contrary to the self-righteous screeching of the thumpers of said book, JC doesn’t even mention the topic.

  • Heather

    I guess my acid test would be, would the guard have been as uncomfortable about what these women were doing if they’d been a heterosexual couple? If not, let it pass. There’s a difference between a quick kiss and Get a room!-level PDA, but it’s not fair to apply an “I don’t have anything against gay people as long as they don’t flaunt it” attitude to something that wouldn’t raise an eyebrow done by straight people.

  • Tamara Peters

    >> would the guard have been as uncomfortable about what these women were doing if they’d been a heterosexual couple?

    That has nothing to do with it. The issue really is, does the stadium have some policy against PDA? And if so is it applied fairly by all guards no matter what the couple’s orientation?

    If not, this guard should be summarily fired for harassing two folks who paid for tickets.

    But I think he’s just too stupid to hold a job protecting people, if he really said “in the stadium, we adhere to the 10 Commandments”.

  • Jamie

    // “…contrary to the self-righteous screeching of the thumpers of said book…” //

    Ha! You really know how to turn a phrase, Jim! ;o)

  • Rtheny

    I was at the May 23rd game this year and they showed 2 women kissing. They seemed to be the intended couple the camera focused on. I can’t recall seeing same sex kissing in years prior, but I was proud of the Twins for taking the initiative.

  • Vivain

    I think a kiss is just a kiss from what they have shown on the video.

    This reminds me of many many years ago while I was a youngster in college, I was attending a lecture where a gal who sat in the row infront of me ate her slurpy with a straw in such a manner that by break time I am certain every male in view of that demonstration in the row behind me went on break with a woodie.

  • Jim Shapiro

    Vivian – Ah yes. The bygone days when bad girls armed with slurpies would turn innocent boys to wood. 🙂

  • vivian

    Jim Sharp’

    Had I my wits (and wise-guy attitude) as I do now I would have grabbed my coffee thermos in the palm of my hand and dutifully given it a good sugar shake on behalf of my brothers sitting behind me.

    (I’m kinda seeing how far I can go with this before the Christian Waterboys request that my comments be deleted) ; ‘- )