A St. Louis gay and lesbian organization, having previously planned an group visit to Saturday’s Padres/Cardinals tilt, are lobbying the hosts to shine the club’s “Kiss Cam” on same sex couples, especially in light of a recent incident the Post-Dispatch‘s Deb Peterson details.
The idea for a kiss cam moment came about after Sunday’s Ram’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. During the game, the kiss cam focused on two men in Arizona jerseys who jeered at the camera and made expressions of distaste toward one another.
Some gays and lesbians who were at the game said it appeared that by having the kiss cam linger on the men – who seemed to them to be straight — there was an insinuation that the men were gay. The kiss cam catch was followed by hoots and derisive cheers from the audience.
“We always felt left out because the kiss cam always singles out heterosexual couples,” Harrison Roberts said today. Roberts is the manager of Just John’s on Manchester Avenue in The Grove, where the official after-party will be held on Saturday following the game.
“But after what happened at the Rams game, all the gay and lesbian fans that were there felt embarrassed and a little degraded,” he added.
“Why shouldn’t we be on the camera, too?”
Of course, there’s no way of knowing for sure the two men in Arizona jerseys weren’t in fact, gay. Roberts’ request seems reasonable enough, though the entire incident recalls an August 2005 Mets/Astros game at Minute Maid Park in which the visitors’ Chris Woodward and Doug Mientkiewicz took the occasion of their Kiss-Cam appearance to finally show the world their deep feelings for each other.