Sussex students plan ‘Big Kiss’ sit-in at local supermarketBy Editor
So you're cruising your local supermarket with a loved one, looking for a bargain and you spot two egg and cress sandwiches at a reduced price of 17 pence each. What do you do?
Generally, if you're not a robot, you will celebrate this with an affectionate hug and kiss, right? I know I do, because discounted food is worth celebrating.
Anyway, I deviate. The point is last weekend, in a Sainsbury's in Brighton, an English Literature student was told to desist kissing her female partner after a woman complained that it was 'disgusting'.
The Sussex student, Annabelle Paige, was given an ultimatum: stop being coupley in front of her child or leave the shop.
As a result of this treatment, a group have come together to demonstrate today in the shop with an event called 'The Big Kiss.'
Michael Segalov, Communications Officer of Sussex's student union has said, “Tomorrow will be a show of strength and togetherness from the Brighton community, at which we will show that there is no place for homophobia in our community.”
Sainsbury's did offer to give £100 to charity, but was rejected as a sufficient way of making a mends.
Segalov has remarked on this:
“We call on Sainsbury's to take their responsibilities seriously, and display a serious commitment to the cause that they claim to support. Come down and join the hundreds of us tomorrow in Brighton for a celebration of affection, no matter who they are.”
“The Students’ Union will be stewarding the event, and we wish to remind everyone that all kissing must be consensual. You are of course welcome to attend and not kiss if you so wish.”
The Big Kiss will take place today at 6pm at the New England Street Sainsbury's in Brighton and you can visit the event Facebook page here.