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Woman Kicked Out of Federal Building for Lesbian T-Shirt

"As an African-American and a lesbian, I haven't been through one day without facing some sort of discrimination ... but this is just shocking."
Lapriss Gilbert was escorted out of the Van Nuys, CA Social Security office this Monday, because her t-shirt, which reads "Lesbian.com," was deemed "offensive."
As she headed for a line to pick up a Social Security card for her son, Gilbert was stopped by a guard who said her T-shirt, naming an educational and resource Web site for gay women, was offensive.

She said the guard, who works for a private company hired by the Department of Homeland Security, demanded that she leave the building or face arrest.

"As an African-American and a lesbian, I haven't been through one day without facing some sort of discrimination ... but this is just shocking," said Gilbert, 31.
Melissa McEwan writes and edits the blog Shakespeare's Sister.
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