Last Wednesday night, James Bull (23) and Jonathan Williams (26) were on their first date at the John Snow pub in the pretty-damn-gay district of SoHo of London. After a kiss, a staff member asked them to leave, calling the kissing “obscene.”
“We weren’t being over the top; there wasn’t anything that would be deemed unseemly,” Williams said. “I’m not the kind of person to do that kind of thing in public.”
It seems that it was really only one man that had the problem, yet he claimed to be the “landlord,” and asked them to stop kissing immediately. As they were getting ready to leave, another woman in a staff uniform intervened, as the man took ahold of Williams’ shirt and told him to leave. She said we had to leave because we were being obscene. Then the other guy from earlier came over again and said we had to leave now, we ‘weren’t allowed to do that’.”
Immediately after the incident, feeling belittled, Williams tweeted the incident, and inadvertently set off a firestorm of local outrage.
The national media eventually got ahold of the story, and propelled the men to start a Facebook event for a gay ‘kiss-in’ to protest their ejection for “obscene” kissing.
Over 300 people showed up outside the pub, which ended up closing in advance of the “kiss-in” protest to avoid reams of gays making out on their premises. There wasn’t much kissing, but it was a solid showing of solidarity for these two guys who were ejected for showing a little PDA.