Lesbian Couple Turned Away By Supermarket Leads To Protest!

October 28, 2014

Our society is becoming more and more accepting of those who don’t fit the norm, which is why stories like this have such a big impact. It seems that one lesbian couple were left very embarrassed as they were asked to leave Sainsbury’s after sharing a light kiss.

“Stop or leave”

The 22 year old University student was asked by a security guard to “either leave and take it outside or continue your shop without being affectionate as it was making other customers uncomfortable”, despite insisting that her and her girlfriend only shared a light kiss.

Annabelle Paige, the student in question, was extremely unhappy with the choices she was given and so decided to leave the store.


Shortly before they were asked to cease their actions, a fellow customer complained that the couple’s actions were “disgusting”. Needless to say, Annabelle was stunned to hear this and the entire situation has really shook her up.

Too late to apologise?

A Sainsbury’s spokeperson has since said that it “should never have happened – it is clear that Miss Paige and her partner were not behaving inappropriately and we are very sorry that they were treated in this way. We have called Miss Paige to apologise and will be making a donation to a charity of her choice”.

Taking further action

The community seemed to feel that this apology was unacceptable and decided to take further action. A 600 strong group went to the Brighton store to protest and hold a “kiss-in”.

A students’ union communications officer said that the night was “a huge success” and that “a clear message has been sent to Sainsbury’s, and our community. We will not accept homophobia.”

What happened at the protest?

The protest was a huge event, involving many people from the local area to show how much they believe in this cause. Gay, lesbian, and straight couples all arrived to show that Sainsbury’s treatment of this couple was unacceptable.

The couples then started to kiss to show that public displays of affection from anyone, no matter their sexuality, isn’t wrong.

What will the kiss in achieve?

The “big consensual kiss in” aims to have Sainsbury’s make a more substantial donation than that already given as well as sharing information with the public on the equality and diversity training given to staff.

Annabelle fully supported the kiss-in, as she wanted to make sure that what happened to her and her girlfriend in the store “will never happen again”.

The future for equality

Honestly, the future for equality doesn’t look as bright as it should do. The fact that two lesbians were turned away for having a brief kiss makes it seem that we might not be making progress, even though earlier this year Northern Cyprus actually lifted the ban on gay sex to give all citizens equality.

The problem here is gay peopleā€¦ isn’t it? Or do you think the customer who complained actually had a problem with all public displays of affection? How do you feel about it? Share your thoughts below.

Martin Ward
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