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LGBTQ People Hold Kiss-In To Protest Discrimination

Here's why hundreds of LGBTQ people made out in London.

The best way to fight hate is with love. Hundreds of LGBTQ people made out in the aisles of a supermarket to protest discrimination in London.

Mashable shares that people held a smooch session at Sainsbury's in east London on Saturday after a gay couple was discriminated for holding hands earlier in the week. 

Thomas Rees and boyfriend Joshua Bradwell were reprimanded by a security guard when a customer allegedly complained about their PDA. According to Michael Segalov, who organized the kiss-in, the couple was chastised by the security guard and told that "holding hands is "inappropriate" and they needed to stop or leave. 

What began as a protest of the incident turned into a celebration of love. "Suddenly we weren’t just talking about homophobia, which is of course vital and necessary, but we were also talking about celebration, about empowerment and about defiance," Segalov said about the event. In an email to Mashable, a store spokesperson apologized, stating, "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."

Here's footage from the kiss-in:

[Photo: Getty Images]


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