Protesters Stage a "Kiss In" After Store Ejects Gay Couple For Holding Hands

The store did wrong, so the crowd spoke up. 

Protesters staged a “kiss in” at a supermarket in London after a gay couple holding hands were told to leave by a security guard.

Two hundred people hit an East London Sainsbury's store over the weekend after Thomas Rees, 32, and Joshua Bradwell, 25, were kicked out after a customer complained about them holding hands. Gay men and women brought rainbow flags and megaphones to countdown to the main event-kissing

When people come together and support each other #loveislove #biggaykissin

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The couple thanked the people who turned out to support them, saying the amount of support was “absolutely insane.” 

Thomas said: “We were right to be holding hands because when someone questions your behavior in such a direct manner you can't help but analyze how you are perceived by society.When your community come behind and say 'you were right and you are right', all that does is amplify your feelings. We were right to complain and do what we've done and fight those people who said we were wrong.”

When one protester shouted at the group to “get off my street,” but the protest carried on. 

A spokesperson for the store supplied snacks and water for the crowd, and said: “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 learned.”

So this happened... Thanks so much for the feature @bbcnews

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