In a defiant protest against the supermarket giants, hundreds of protesters staged a “kissathon” after a gay couple were ejected from a Sainsbury’s Local store in London.
Thomas Rees, 32, and his boyfriend Joshua Bradwell, 25, were approached by security at their local branch of the supermarket after a customer deemed their hand-holding as “inappropriate” behaviour. Rees and Bradwell were then asked to leave the store on Hackney Road.
In reaction to this, approximately 200 people descended on an East London branch on 13 August to stage this mass “kissathon”.
Music from the likes of Diana Ross, Donna Summer and Holly Valance blared the streets. LGBTQ activists sang, danced and waved flags before flooding the aisles to stage their kissing protest.
Mr Bradwell told the Press Association: “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”.