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GAY PAIR SKATES OFF WITH SETTLEMENT Two male figure skaters will resume their training at a Berkeley ice rink, free of charge, after they sued the facility for dis-criminating against gays. Alan Lessik and John Manzon-Santos will receive free admission for a year to a weekly “pairs preferred” freestyle skating session as part of a settlement Tuesday by their attorneys at the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights. In addition, East Bay Iceland will make an estimated $10,000 donation to NCLR and the Federation of Gay Games, said the skaters’ co-counsel, Wilson Sonsini Good-rich & Rosati’s Amy Todd. Terms include a public apology from the rink operator, diversity training for em-ployees, non-discrimination placards posted at three of its ice rinks, including Berkeley Iceland, and a monthly Gay/Straight Skate Night. “Both sides were willing not only to meet and work through the issues but also pro-pose creative solutions that both sides could walk away feeling good about. It truly was a win-win situation,” Todd said. Long & Levit’s Douglas Melton, who represented East Bay Iceland, could not be reached for comment. The skaters filed suit in Alameda County Superior Court on April 7 after they were twice ushered off the ice while practicing hand-in-hand. Last week, Melton said they were booted because their maneuvers posed “a safety issue” for others on the ice. Fern Smith, a retired judge and JAMS mediator, handled the settlement discus-sions. — Matthew Hirsch

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