Twins offer lesbian kissers more apologies, free tickets after guard harassment

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The Twins say they're re-evaluating policies to make sure this was an isolated incident.
Taylor Campione and Kelsi Culpepper -- the two lesbian women who were scolded by a Target Field security guard for kissing -- met with Twins administrators last week to talk about preventing future harassment at the stadium.

The administrators, including the team owner and two vice presidents, offered them apologies on behalf of the guard, and a chance to catch a free game to make up for the incident.

"It actually went really, really well - better than I expected," says Culpepper.

On May 27, Culpepper and Campione were approached by a security guard after sharing a peck on the lips outside the bathroom. The guard told them "there's no grab-ass in here" and that they must "adhere to the 10 Commandments" in the stadium.

The Twins have since reprimanded the guard, but he still works at Target Field.

The incident has caused the Twins to look inwardly at policies and training, says Kevin Smith, team spokesman, though he wouldn't be more specific.

"We're not going to talk too much about what we're going to do with our internal processes," he says. "This did give us pause to reiterate how to treat our guests when we're in the ballpark."

Campione says she plans to send the Twins an article about the "It Gets Better" videos other teams have made.

The Twins have already kicked around the idea, says Smith, but haven't made a decision on whether they will do it.

"We don't want to do it just to do it, and we're certainly not doing it as a knee-jerk reaction to this incident," he says.

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Security Guards Houston
Security Guards Houston

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Stuff
Stuff

Saw this headline, got real excited.. Saw the "grab-assers", no longer excited

Crimsonblue32
Crimsonblue32

Look so I know you eat bush and all but you can still wax those beastly eyebrows

Crimsonblue32
Crimsonblue32

So I don't get you weren't even scissoring or anything

Crimsonblue32
Crimsonblue32

Hi tayor is this why you didn't want to make out with aleksi ?

Sarah
Sarah

The way the Twins are playing, they should be less worried about 'grab-ass' and more concerned about 'grab-balls'!

Scott
Scott

My favorite thing about this whole fiasco is the 10 Commandments comment.

I don't see how same-sex kissing violates any of the 10 Commandments, unless the women were committing adultery. But if this guard works security for a Sunday game, I say he should be fired for theological inconsistency.

Guest
Guest

The guard isn't even an employee of the Twins.  Indirectly he is, I guess, but he's an employee of a private security company that the team hires.  Honestly, they should demand that the guard be fired for being too stupid to do his job.

Phoenix Woman
Phoenix Woman

The Twins aren't worried about women kissing.  Only that idiot security guard is.

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