Published On: Sun, Aug 14th, 2016

Video: Same sex couples protest eviction of gay couple with a ‘Kissathon’ in London



Video Same sex couples protest eviction of gay couple with a 'Kissathon' in London

Protestors hold Sainsbury’s kissathon after supermarket security guard threw out gay couple holding hands for ‘inappropriate’ touching

  • Thomas Rees and boyfriend were reprimanded by a security guard 
  • They were holding hands whilst in Sainsbury’s Local store in Hackney
  • Up to 200 people danced outside the supermarket in protest at store 
  • Gay men and women then staged a mass kissathon inside supermarket  

LGBT supporters packed the aisles of a Sainsbury’s store to stage a mass ‘kissathon’ in protest after a gay couple were ejected from the supermarket for holding hands.

Thomas Rees, 32, and boyfriend Joshua Bradwell, 25, were reprimanded earlier in the week by a security guard at the Sainsbury’s Local store in Hackney, east London, after a customer deemed their holding hands to be ‘inappropriate’.

Up to 200 people danced outside the supermarket this evening before streaming inside to fill the aisles and pledge their support to the couple.

Shoppers appeared puzzled as the scores of gay men and women entered the store before starting a countdown to the mass kiss-in.

Mr Rees and Mr Bradwell thanked their supporters before joining in with the affection.

Mr Bradwell said: ‘The number that turned out was absolutely insane, we were not expecting this at all.’

His partner, Mr Rees, added: ‘We were right to be holding hands because when someone questions your behaviour in such a direct manner you can’t help but analyse how you are perceived by society.

‘When your community come behind and say “you were right and you are right”, all that does is amplify your feelings. We were right to complain and do what we’ve done and fight those people who said we were wrong.’

A member of the public shouted at the group to ‘get off my street’, but the protesters carried on undeterred, dancing to music by Diana Ross and Donna Summer.

Mr Rees added: ‘Both of us have received messages from people around the world who don’t even have the courage to hold hands, let alone stand up against something like this. You have to do so.’

Asked what he hoped the protest would bring about, he added: ‘Lots of hand holding, hugs, public kisses. Show your love.’

A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman said: ‘We do our best to make sure everyone feels welcome in our stores but occasionally we make mistakes.

‘We are working hard to make sure lessons are learnt.’

The company said in the week that ‘appropriate action’ would be taken once an investigation into the security guard’s actions had finished.


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