Hundreds stage ‘kiss-in’ protest outside London pub where gay couple ejected

Hundreds stage ‘kiss-in’ protest outside London pub where gay couple ejected

Several hundred demonstrators gathered outside the locked doors of a London pub Friday evening to to attended a ‘kiss-in’ protest after a gay couple claimed they were thrown out for kissing.

The Guardian
James Bull (left) and Jonathan Williams

The John Snow, in Soho, central London, became the focus of unwanted attention when James Bull and Jonathan Williams were asked to leave on Wednesday night by a staff member who allegedly described the couple’s kissing as “obscene”.

This was my experience upon first meeting James Bull last Wednesday. Enjoying each other’s company in the John Snow pub in London’s Soho, we kissed. However, someone claiming to be the landlord asked us to stop and after polite words were exchanged, we went back to talking.

The rest of the evening went well, until we were asked to leave by the landlady; she said our kissing was bothering other customers. We eventually left the pub, after being advised by a plainclothes police officer that it was within the landlady’s rights to ask us to do so. I was shaking with rage.

Williams tweeted about the incident, which led to plans for the “gay kiss-in” event, organized on Facebook.

About 300 people attended the demonstration, which was to take place inside the pub, but its doors were closed after news of the protest broke. Another “kiss-in” is planned for April 21.

Don't forget to share:

Support vital LGBTQ+ journalism

Reader contributions help keep LGBTQ Nation free, so that queer people get the news they need, with stories that mainstream media often leaves out. Can you contribute today?

Cancel anytime · Proudly LGBTQ+ owned and operated

‘The Bully Project’ captures ‘year in the life’ of bullying victims, families

Previous article

Matt Baume’s ‘This Week in Prop 8’ — Prop 8 complaint backfires spectacularly

Next article