Alex Blaze

Gay Couple Kicked Out of Pub for Kissing

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 14, 2011 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: gay couples, government, LGBT civil rights, london, soho

A gay couple was kicked out of a pub in Soho, London's gay neighborhood:

soho-london.jpgHe said that during their first drink, a drunken man had asked them politely to stop kissing. Mr Williams said he politely asked the man, who claimed to be the landlord, to turn away if he was offended.

Mr Williams continued: "Later, when we were kissing - not in any confrontational way, but simply on the mouth - a uniformed member of staff approached us. She said she was the publican, but refused to give us her name, or give her name to the people sitting next to us when they asked. She told us we had to leave, to which we replied that we had no intention to. At that point the man who'd first approached us moved the table so he could get to me and grabbed me by the collar of my suit jacket. He obviously intended to throw me out, but was talked down by a third person who claimed to be a plainclothes police officer.

"After more arguing, raised voices and our repeatedly asking for the woman's name, we relented when the person claiming to be a plainclothes officer showed me something that looked like a badge. I'm not sure if it was, looking back, but he also gave us what he claimed was his badge number and his name. At that point we left, me shaking with anger and James furious."

In related news, the government wants to know if the Equality Act of 2010 is just a silly, outdated piece of red tape. It sounds like how some of our state governments see HIV/AIDS assistance as wasteful spending. img flickr

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srsly. This happened to me 2 years ago and my only regret was the fact that it took me by surprise. I had no idea who to even call to organize a kiss-in.