Demand Justice for Publicly Humiliated Gay Couple

Target: Jeffery Simsek, CEO of United Continental Airlines

Goal: Demand justice for gay couple who was publicly humiliated at an airport.

A gay couple from Norfolk, Virginia was publicly humiliated by United Continental at a Houston airport. During their trip, they had a layover in Houston. The couple, Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger, went to retrieve their luggage and were humiliated to see that a sex toy had been removed from their bags and taped to the outside of their luggage. This extremely private item was put on public display in the middle of a busy airport, which obviously traumatized the couple. They had to pick up their luggage with the sex toy taped to the outside while people around them laughed and stared.

Now, Bridgeman and Borger are suing the airline for this public humiliation. Both men had to receive psychological counseling after the incident. They believe that an employee at United Continental discovered the toy in one of their bags and taped it to the outside of their luggage. They believe that, after seeing a man’s name on the luggage tag and men’s clothing in the suitcase, the employee was able to determine that the sex toy belonged to a man and decided to humiliate him for owning it. Bridgeman and Borger believe that is was a direct attack over the fact that they are gay, and are suing United Continental for sexual insensitivity and public humiliation. Demand that this couple receive an apology, as well as monetary compensation from United Continental for their public humiliation.


Dear Jeffery Simsek,

At your airport in Houston, Texas, a gay couple was extremely humiliated when a sex toy was removed from their bag and taped to the outside of their luggage. This is extremely embarrassing and this couple should not have been publicly humiliated. They should be able to keep private items like this in their luggage without them being taken out and put on public display. The couple, Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger, feel that they were targeted because of their sexuality and are now suing your company.

After this humiliating incident, the couple had to receive psychological counseling for their emotional trauma. Bridgeman and Borger believe that an employee was scanning or searching their luggage when they saw the sex toy in their bag. After seeing the man’s name on the luggage tag and the men’s clothing in the bag, the employee must have known that the luggage, and thus the sex toy, belonged to a man. Bridgeman and Borger were targeted for their sexuality and publicly humiliated for being gay. This is unacceptable and should not have happened. United Continental must apologize to this couple as well as give them monetary compensation for this traumatizing incident.


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One Comment

  1. Robert Ortiz says:

    What Mr. Bridgeman and Mr. Borger had to endure was inexcusable and the employee(s) repsonsible need to be disciplined and punished to the fullest extent. Nobody deserves to be humiliated. This incident serves as further proof of the indignities and suffering that GLBT people face in society at the hands of those that are intolerant and hateful and use every opprtunity they can find to act out their bigotry and ignorance.

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