At a November 2 show at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Ablerta, an usher stopped two women from kissing each other during his performance.
One of the women, Allyson MacIvor (who is a professional musician in her own right with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and has played on stage with the likes of Sarah McLachlan) wrote about the incident on her Facebook as well as talked to the CBC about it.
"I embraced my girlfriend, and some staff member came in between us, and she said, 'This is not allowed here. [The manager] apologized profusely, but it still didn't help the incident and the hurt that came out of this.
"[Posting about it on Facebook] was actually the first time that I announced to the world that I was gay."
"I’m making a toast, and raising my coffee cup.
Last night was a reminder, as I came home speechless, disturbed, and sad from the Jack White concert I was attending at Rogers Place. During the final encore, one of my favourites songs of all time, I grabbed my friend, and kissed her...a fun moment on a beautiful night.
We were immediately interrupted by a young Rogers Place worker, who pulled me to the side, away from my seat, waving her finger disapprovingly, saying “that’s not allowed here.”
I looked at her with the most shocked, dumbfounded look, and clarified, “You mean kiss her? Im not allowed to kiss her here? Is that what you mean?”, where she again said, “Yes, and if you have a problem with that you can speak to my manager.”
My good friend pulled me back just as shocked, to finish enjoying the last song, and the beautiful moment, before my broken and shocked spirit blew a fuse. The song finished, we put on our coats, and the young woman marched proudly and righteously in front of us, to the managers office, as if we were being taken to the office at school.
“For kissing you? This is so f*cked” I kept saying to my friend.
When we approached the office, the worker told it as she saw it: “They were kissing at their seats during the encore, which is inappropriate sexual behaviour.” The manager, taking the reigns, asked her to resume her post, as the young worker walked away, glaring in disapproval at my friend and I. The arena staff were very apologetic, as I wrote an incident report, with tears in my eyes, realizing we still live in a world where I have to watch my back as a “gay” woman, and apparently, I still have to watch whom I kiss, even at Rogers Place.
So today, I’m making a toast to our children, and the next generation. I hope their love, no matter how it looks, is never interrupted.
The assitant GM of the venue reached out and apologized to MacIvor and offered them a free dinner and concert of their choice of which MacIvor of which they accepted. They'll be going to a Fleetwood Mac concert. In a twist, she asked that the usher who stopped her be invited as well.
"I would love to get to know this employee on a more personal and deeper level than the events that just happened, and [Parsons] was like, 'OK, I will offer them to her tomorrow.' So hopefully we'll go out for dinner and have an amazing time. This employee and I can just get to know each other as people and move past this in a healthier way."