Alaska Airlines apologized after a gay couple were forced to give up their seats so a straight couple could sit together. The complainant accepted the apology, but the social-media response created a public-relations nightmare for the airline. Alaska Airlines faces a public-relations storm after a gay couple were forced to give up their seats on a flight from New York City to Los Angeles on Sunday to make room for a straight couple. Henry Harteveldt, an airline analyst with Atmosphere Research Group, said in an interview that Alaska had previously earned a reputation as a gay-friendly airline.
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Alaska Airlines is investigating an incident after a gay couple was allegedly asked to switch seats with a heterosexual couple who wanted to sit together. Cooley claimed the flight attendant asked him and his partner to move from their assigned seats in Premium class to coach because a heterosexual couple wanted to sit together. Cooley explained to the flight attendant that he and his travel companion were a couple and wanted to sit together, but the flight attendant allegedly gave them the choice of sitting in coach or removing themselves from the flight. Cooley said the two made the decision to leave the plane because they "could not bear the feeling of humiliation for an entire cross-country flight. Newsweek has reached out to Cooley for comment but did not hear back in time for publication. In an emailed statement to Newsweek , Alaska Airlines said they are still investigating the incident, but said a couple was "mistakenly assigned the same seats as another couple in Premium class.
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On an Alaska Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles, a gay couple was asked to split their seating on the plane so that another, straight, couple could sit together, according to People. According to the post, the flight attendant told him that there was a couple that wanted to sit together, and David explained that he and his companion were also a couple. In the post, David says that he was given the choice to give up his premium seat and move to another one in coach, or get off the plane. I cannot believe that an airline in this day and age would give a straight couple preferential treatment over a gay couple and go so far as to ask us to leave. After leaving that flight, David said he and his partner took a Delta flight instead.
People gather at the beach in the Cherry Grove section of Fire Island in the s. Courtesy of Cherry Grove Archives Collection hide caption. In the autumn of , close to two dozen gay men were acquitted of consensual sodomy charges in a series of criminal trials on Long Island. The trials and acquittals marked a pivotal moment in what eventually became the gay rights movement. They demonstrated to the larger gay community — then mainly closeted — that gay people could band together to resist police harassment.