San Francisco Jewish Museum Hosts 'Hand-Holding Day' After Homophobic Incident

San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum hosts event after lesbian couple asked to stop holding hands at Gertrude Stein exhibit last week.

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The San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) named Sunday "Hand-Holding Day" in response to an incident last week in which a security guard at the museum asked a lesbian couple to stop holding hands.

The couple was, ironically, at a Gertrude Stein exhibit at the time of the incident. Stein, a socialite, writer and poet, was also a lesbian.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco

The Hand-Holding event, according to an NBC report, was added to a pre-scheduled program called "LGBT Family Morning of Gertrude Stein," an event celebrating the life of the famous lesbian artist and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) families.

The family morning event will host performances by the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the Voices Lesbian Choral Ensemble, and the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco.

"The museum director is a lesbian, I'm gay, we have a very diverse workforce," said Daryl Carr, the museum's director of communications and marketing. "The commitment we have to the LGBT community with just this event is astounding."

The museum issued an apology shortly after the incident, saying in a press release that CJM has a "zero tolerance policy concerning any type of prejudiced or racist word or action".

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