Kenyata White and Aeimee Diaz were kicked out of the restaurant at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel recently after the couple was kicked out of the venue because they shared a kiss during their 10 year anniversary celebration.
News of their ouster quickly hit the web where Twitter, Facebook and other social network users quickly attacked the restaurant for acting homophobic towards the women. Now Sheraton is working to fix its damaged reputation and after meeting with Kenyata and Aeimee on Tuesday hotel General Manager Leo Percopo said in a prepared statement:
“We had the opportunity to meet with the couple late (Tuesday) to listen to their story and better understand their view and how they felt. We had a collaborative conversation, and both parties are taking this incident seriously. Together, we have identified opportunities in which both parties can unite and work together to foster diversity awareness.”
The couple had chose that restaurant because it happens to be the same spot where they met one decade earlier. According to White:
“My partner and I were reminiscing … in one of the tall booths. 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 soon after told the women that their “behavior was inappropriate and we needed to leave the establishment.”
The ladies were invited to come back the next day for free drinks.
On it’s Facebook page the hotel in question posted the following message:
“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.”
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton was quick to point out that “Phoenix is a gay-friendly city and we welcome the LGBT community, not only because it is good business but also because it’s the right thing to do.”
The hotel opened in the fall of 2008 when the city paid for its construction with $350 million raised through revenue bonds.
Would you consider avoiding the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel because of this incident.