Sanchez Ice House #1 (Photo: Facebook)
Lesbian couple say they were escorted
out of bar because they kissed
QSanAntonio, July 3, 2014
A lesbian couple in San Antonio say they were asked to leave
an ice house in Southtown last month because they had kissed.
On June 7 around 10 p.m., Marciela Fonseca and her girlfriend Gina Ramirez
decided to go out for a couple of drinks and headed over to Sanchez Ice
House #1, which is located at 819 South San Saba at the border of where
Southtown meets the near West Side.
The ice house is situated under IH 35 close to the corner of Guadalupe
and South Lardeo. It's a popular neighborhood spot and almost always crowded
with locals who go there for beer by the bucket and the well-stocked Tejano
On the night that Fonseca and Ramirez were there, they shared a table
with a man named David Estrada, who had been sitting alone and who says
he witnessed what would happen next.
Fonesca told QSanAntonio that after they had been there a while, she convinced
her girlfriend to take a spin on the dance floor.
"We danced to a slow song and showed affection toward each other,"
says Fonseca. "As we danced, the music was cut off and we were approached
by the security guard who asked if he could speak to us."
Gina Ramirez and Marciela Fonseca
Fonseca says the security guard escorted the couple off the property and
told them, "First of all I want you to know that I do not agree with
this but the owners have asked me to tell you to leave."
The couple say the security guard, whose last name is Herrera, told them
the owner's wife wanted them to leave because, "This is a family
establishment and we don't let lesbians kiss."
Fonseca tried to speak with the owner but when she went back into the
establishment to find him, she was told that by the manager that he had
"I told the manager that I was upset and offended that they could
throw us out because we kissed but they did not have an issue with taking
our money," says Fonseca.
Estrada told the women that a waitress by the name of Belinda told him
that she heard the owner of the ice house order the security guard to
tell the couple to leave.
The couple say they have asked the Orgullo de San Antonio LULAC Council
22198 to help them file a complaint under the city's new nondiscrimination
ordinance. The have also reached out to GLAAD's Latino liaison Janet Quezada.
The women have been together for five years. Their blended family includes
Ramirez's three children, two of them daughters who live with her, Fonseca
and Fonseca's teenage son.
QSanAntonio did not receive a reply to an email sent to Sanchez Ice House
asking them to comment for this article.