A branch of Sainsbury’s in London has been the location of a mass-protest in response to a gay couple being ejected for holding hands. A security guard had apparently responded to a customer complaint and asked Thomas Rees and Joshua Bradwell to leave. The couple were surprised and shocked at the suggestion and said that they often hold hands or stroke each other’s hair but did not consider their behavior in any way sexual.

Sainsbury’s apologised and said that they do not tolerate homophobia in any of their branches. However the protest was still held to highlight the fact that homophobia still happens in the UK. And so a ‘kiss-in’ was organised at the branch, which was attended by hundreds. Couples were kissing in the aisles while there were also gay anthems being played and drag acts performing.

A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s was at the event and handed out drinks and joined in with the party atmosphere. The spokesperson also pointed out that the matter was under investigation and that the company is a strong supporter of LGBT+ rights and will be taking all steps necessary to ensure this does not happen again.


Natalie has been an LGBT journalist for 12 years and joined the Fyne team in 2001. Her interests outside of work are cycling, running and badminton. She is also studying for a degree in psychology.

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