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Paris Lees

Speak up for each other unless you want to kiss equality goodbye

IT’S OK TO BE GAY NOW. Or so we are told. If that’s the case, how come two men were recently asked to leave a branch of Sainsbury’s because another customer complained that they were being affectionate? I see straight couples kissing all the time. Why shouldn’t gay couples do the same?

I wasn’t shocked that someone objected to them kissing — we all know that sort of homophobia exists — but I was surprised that the security guard asked them to leave. I suppose there’s no particular reason for him to be any more clued up on LGBT+ issues than your average Joe. There are people like him in all professions. But you’d think Sainsbury’s would have a better screening process for staff on the shop floor.

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