Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Department of Homeland Security vs. Lesbians

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

Photo by the oddly named via Flickr

A contract security guard for the Department of Homeland Security ousted a woman from a Van Nuys federal building yesterday because she was wearing a t-shirt with "" printed on it when she came to pick up a social security card for her son.

The guard from Paragon Security guard said he was right to do so and quoted The Rules and Regulations Governing Conduct on Federal Property to the Contra Costa Times. But upon a further look, the paper found that "the document does not specifically address what type of clothing is allowed in federal buildings."

Support for LAist comes from

Lapriss Gilbert's mother drove out to the building and called the LAPD, who arrived with at least one federal office, but Gilbert had already been allowed back into the building, but only escorted by security to the front of the line.

A Homeland Security spokeswoman said the actions were " inappropriate and unacceptable." An ACLU representative said cases like these are rare in federal buildings.