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Statement on discrimination at Sainsbury's store

Update: Discrimination at Sainsbury's store

The Students’ Union was appalled to hear the news that a security guard at a Sainsbury’s store in Brighton told one of our students that kissing her same gender partner was inappropriate. This followed a complaint from a shopper that it was offensive. The student was told they would be asked to leave the store if they carried on.

Rianna Gargiulo, Welfare Officer at Sussex Students’ Union said:

This event did not occur in isolation, our society continues to discriminate against people from the LGBTQ community. Whilst we are concerned by the action of the security guard, as shameful is the decision of a parent to assert that two people kissing, regardless of their gender, is offensive. This is a deeply worrying sentiment.

The Students’ Union and the University are here to support all students who face discrimination in our community, and we have spoken to those directly affected this morning.

We have spoken to the student concerned, who appreciated the apology from Sainsbury’s. However, whilst the company has publicly stated it will be making a donation to a charity of her choice, it appears the donation is currently of £100. Sainsbury’s reported an annual pre tax profit in the year to March 15 of £898m. If the company is serious about helping tackle homophobia in our society, we call on them to increase this substantially.

The Students’ Union is aware that members of our community may wish to respond to this outrageous event and we are working with local groups to organise this.

If you have been affected by this incident you can contact the Student Life Centre - www.sussex.ac.uk/studentlifecentre


Press enquiries - Michael Segalov, Communications Officer - communications@sussexstudent.com

 

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