Log in

'Big Kiss-In' shows support for equality

Today (15 October) the University of Sussex Students’ Union hosted a ‘Big Kiss-in’ at a Sainsbury's store in Brighton which was attended by hundreds of people keen to show their support. 

People kissing at the Kiss-In

The ‘Big Kiss In’ was open to everyone, regardless of their gender or sexuality, to highlight that whomever you wish to kiss, it is to be celebrated.

The event was hosted by Lydia L’Scabies, a local performance artist, and the crowd was addressed by local activists. 

We would like to thank everyone who attended the event, and hope that we can work together in continuing to say no to discrimination, whatever form it takes. 

Michael Segalov, Students’ Union Communications Officer said:

Tonight was an incredible success, and I’d like to thank everyone who came along and supported us, both in person and online.
It was important to all of us that we turned an unpleasant and negative situation into something positive, and tonight we did that. A clear message has been sent to Sainsbury’s, and our community. We will not accept homophobia, and will take action when needed.
I hope that Sainsbury's responds to the requests we have all made, and does the right thing, making it clear that as a company they will show commitment to the cause.

Over the weekend, a security guard at the store told a young woman that kissing her same gender partner was inappropriate. This followed a complaint from a shopper that it was ‘offensive’ and she ‘feared for her child’s safety’. The student was told they would be asked to leave the store if they continued.

Sainsbury’s has apologised to the woman involved, a student at Sussex, and offered to make a £100 donation to charity. However, we did not feel this was an adequate response. 

We have called on the company to:

  • Re-examine current practice, and make Equality & Diversity training mandatory for all staff to ensure a situation like this can never arise again
  • Make a substantial donation to a charity that works to end homophobia in our communities
  • Issue a public apology for the way that they have acted.

You can see a round-up of media coverage of the event and some of our favourite tweets at storify.com/USSU/the-big-consensual-kiss-in

Photo by Daniel Hadley and used with permission


Press Enquiries - Michael Segalov - Communications Officer - communications@sussexstudent.com

 

Contact us

Got a comment/criticism about anything discussed in this article? Let us know on our social media channels!

facebook.com/thestudentsunion

twitter.com/ussu

instagram.com/sussexsu

Related news

 
Ten things about the 2019 European Parliament Elections

Wed 22 May 2019

Unsure what it's all about? Read our top ten facts to keep you in the loop.

 
What's it like being a Student Rep?

Tue 14 May 2019

Afreen Begum, Student Rep for Postgraduate Law, tells us about her life-changing experience of being a Student Rep.

 
Sussex Represented at the NUS National Conference 2019

Wed 08 May 2019

Riz Millanzi, Aditi Vas, Afreen Begum, Daniel Burke and May Gabriel went to Glasgow to represent the University of Sussex Students’ Union at the NUS National Conference, which was held from 9-11 April 2019. Riz and Aditi share their experience.

 
Referenda results announced

Thu 02 May 2019

Over 600 students voted in the last referendum of the academic year. Thank you to all who voted.
A referendum is a direct vote in which all full members of the Union are asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal on a range of questions put forward by students at Sussex. Students are asked to vote “yes” or “no” to a particular question; the outcome of which shapes the Students’ Union, ensuring that it is student-led

 
Your Vote, Your Voice! Referenda, local elections and Student Reps

Wed 24 Apr 2019

Over the next few days, you will be able vote in the Brighton & Hove local elections, the Students' Union Referenda and for your Student Reps.

 
 

This list is automatically generated

View all news »