Crowds gather at Sainsbury’s gay kiss-in to support LGBTI equality

Crowds of people gathered at a Sainsbury's in London to stage a mass kiss-in

Crowds of people came together today (13 August) to stage a mass kiss-in at a Sainsbury’s store in London after a gay couple were asked to leave the store for holding hands.

The event, organised after Thomas Rees and his partner Josh were told by a security guard they were ‘acting inappropriately’ for holding hands in the Hackney store, saw scores of people kissing and partying in the name of LGBTI equality.

Before the kiss-in began, Rees read out a speech to the crowd, saying: We never set out to demonise a supermarket or security team. Our intentions were simple: to highlight that unfortunately in 2016 homophobia still exists.

‘I urge you all not to be put off by what happened to myself and Josh on Monday, but instead I ask you to go out, hold hands and hug with pride because love is love.’

After a short countdown, the store turned into a sea of kissing couples, before turning the music up and holding an all-out party.

Staff at the Sainsbury’s seemed welcoming of the group, providing cookies and bottles of water to the kissers.

Couples kiss to support LGBTI equality

Crowds gathered to kiss in the name of LGBTI equality.

The event lasted just under 15 minutes, but revellers continued to party outside the store afterwards, receiving beeps of support from passing motorists.

Rees told GSN: ’I was fully prepared to see no-one here, and when I turned the corner and saw a street full of people, and to have people beeping and taking pictures….words fail me.

‘I’ve never had any kind of support like this… to put your word out there, and argue your corner and to turn around and see an army behind you…it’s phenomenal.’

Rees also revealed that Sainsbury’s will be making a donation of £100 to Stonewall on behalf of the couple.

The event was organised by Michael Segalov, who made contact with the couple after hearing of the incident through the news. Segalov had helped organise a similar event at a Brighton Sainsbury’s in 2014, when a lesbian couple were asked to leave for kissing in the frozen aisle.

He told GSN: ‘Hundreds of people came down. It’s a Saturday night, people have shit to do and it was quite late notice, but there was hundreds of people here and that’s really important… it shows how much incidents like this resonate with people.

‘I think what’s quite frustrating is that this happened before; they knew it was an issue and what could’ve been a a really positive opportunity a few years ago to go out and make a stand doesn’t seem to have happened.

‘I really hope that the outcome of this is they do go back and look at the training, and the processes they go through and make sure something like this can’t happen again at their stores.’

The kiss-in was hosted by drag artist Rodent DeCay, who told GSN: ‘It has been phenomenal. The fact that we had so many people here actively, and outrageously, and defiantly demanding to be seen is beautiful.

Drag artist Rodent DeCay hosted the event.

Drag artist Rodent DeCay hosted the event.

‘For a community that is often so internally divided, to be able to rally behind parts of our community that are marginalised and discriminated against, proves that we are still a family and will stand behind its members that get mistreated.’

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson told GSN: ‘It’s been a really great event and an important opportunity for the community to show their support. 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.’

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Gay Olympian throws perfect shade at the Daily Beast

Olympian Amini Fonua is using his swimsuit to announce queerness at Olympics.

Amini Fonua is a champion. Tonga’s gay Olympian posted the best response to the Daily Beast’s article outing athletes at the Rio Summer Games.

He posted the following on Instagram.

‘If what you were looking for on Grindr was hot ass (and I don’t see any other reason why you’d be on there), here you have mine in all its proud glory,’ he wrote. ‘Now, kiss it and fuck off.’

The publication has received well earned criticism for a piece, written by straight journalist Nico Hines. The writer, who is covering the Olympics for the Daily Beast, used Grindr to have athletes hit on him in the Olympic Village.

The original article contained specific details about the closeted athletes, including their nationalities and where they placed in their sport, meaning they could easily be identified. At least one of the athletes is from a country where homosexuality is illegal, and others were from places where gay sex is taboo.

Daily Beast editors eventually pulled the article, issuing an apology.

Fonua’s answer is all that needs to be said.

 

 

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Gay Olympian throws perfect shade at the Daily Beast

Olympian Amini Fonua is using his swimsuit to announce queerness at Olympics.

Amini Fonua is a champion. Tonga’s gay Olympian posted the best response to the Daily Beast’s article outing athletes at the Rio Summer Games.

He posted the following on Instagram.

‘If what you were looking for on Grindr was hot ass (and I don’t see any other reason why you’d be on there), here you have mine in all its proud glory,’ he wrote. ‘Now, kiss it and fuck off.’

The publication has received well earned criticism for a piece, written by straight journalist Nico Hines. The writer, who is covering the Olympics for the Daily Beast, used Grindr to have athletes hit on him in the Olympic Village.

The original article contained specific details about the closeted athletes, including their nationalities and where they placed in their sport, meaning they could easily be identified. At least one of the athletes is from a country where homosexuality is illegal, and others were from places where gay sex is taboo.

Daily Beast editors eventually pulled the article, issuing an apology.

Fonua’s answer is all that needs to be said.

 

 

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Gay Olympian throws perfect shade at the Daily Beast

Olympian Amini Fonua is using his swimsuit to announce queerness at Olympics.

Amini Fonua is a champion. Tonga’s gay Olympian posted the best response to the Daily Beast’s article outing athletes at the Rio Summer Games.

He posted the following on Instagram.

‘If what you were looking for on Grindr was hot ass (and I don’t see any other reason why you’d be on there), here you have mine in all its proud glory,’ he wrote. ‘Now, kiss it and fuck off.’

The publication has received well earned criticism for a piece, written by straight journalist Nico Hines. The writer, who is covering the Olympics for the Daily Beast, used Grindr to have athletes hit on him in the Olympic Village.

The original article contained specific details about the closeted athletes, including their nationalities and where they placed in their sport, meaning they could easily be identified. At least one of the athletes is from a country where homosexuality is illegal, and others were from places where gay sex is taboo.

Daily Beast editors eventually pulled the article, issuing an apology.

Fonua’s answer is all that needs to be said.

 

 

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Gay Olympian throws perfect shade at the Daily Beast

Olympian Amini Fonua is using his swimsuit to announce queerness at Olympics.

Amini Fonua is a champion. Tonga’s gay Olympian posted the best response to the Daily Beast’s article outing athletes at the Rio Summer Games.

He posted the following on Instagram.

‘If what you were looking for on Grindr was hot ass (and I don’t see any other reason why you’d be on there), here you have mine in all its proud glory,’ he wrote. ‘Now, kiss it and fuck off.’

The publication has received well earned criticism for a piece, written by straight journalist Nico Hines. The writer, who is covering the Olympics for the Daily Beast, used Grindr to have athletes hit on him in the Olympic Village.

The original article contained specific details about the closeted athletes, including their nationalities and where they placed in their sport, meaning they could easily be identified. At least one of the athletes is from a country where homosexuality is illegal, and others were from places where gay sex is taboo.

Daily Beast editors eventually pulled the article, issuing an apology.

Fonua’s answer is all that needs to be said.

 

 

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Gay Olympian throws perfect shade at the Daily Beast

Olympian Amini Fonua is using his swimsuit to announce queerness at Olympics.

Amini Fonua is a champion. Tonga’s gay Olympian posted the best response to the Daily Beast’s article outing athletes at the Rio Summer Games.

He posted the following on Instagram.

‘If what you were looking for on Grindr was hot ass (and I don’t see any other reason why you’d be on there), here you have mine in all its proud glory,’ he wrote. ‘Now, kiss it and fuck off.’

The publication has received well earned criticism for a piece, written by straight journalist Nico Hines. The writer, who is covering the Olympics for the Daily Beast, used Grindr to have athletes hit on him in the Olympic Village.

The original article contained specific details about the closeted athletes, including their nationalities and where they placed in their sport, meaning they could easily be identified. At least one of the athletes is from a country where homosexuality is illegal, and others were from places where gay sex is taboo.

Daily Beast editors eventually pulled the article, issuing an apology.

Fonua’s answer is all that needs to be said.

 

 

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Jason Collins attending closing Olympic ceremony

Former NBA player Jason Collins and Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning are attending 2014 Summer Games

The US delegation attending the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympics will include two gay men,  Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning and former NBA player Jason Collins.

The White House made the announcement yesterday, 12 August. The delegates will meet with US athletes, attend sporting events and the ceremony ending the Summer Games.

Collins and Fanning expressed their gratitude on social media.

 

 

 

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This isn’t the first time the Obama White House has sent LGBTI individuals to represent the US at Olympic Games.  At Sochi, in 2012, Brian Boitano, a former Olympic figure skating champion. US hockey player Caitlin Cahow, and tennis legend Billie Jean King went to the final festivities.

Joining Collins and Fanning in Brazil will be Liliana Ayalde, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil; White House advisor Bess Evans; Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee; the EPA’s Gina McCarthy (who will lead the delegation), and Lauren Kelly, social secretary to the First Lady.

h/t: NewNowNext

 

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