Leisha Hailey lashed out on Twitter after she claims she was “escorted” off a Southwest Airlines flight for kissing girlfriend Camila Grey. Southwest claimed the kissing was “excessive,” but in a new statement Leisha says that was not the case.
“In no way were our actions on Southwest Airlines excessive, inappropriate or vulgar,” Leisha and Camila said today in a joint statement (via E! News). “We want to make it clear we were not making out or creating any kind of spectacle of ourselves, it was one, modest kiss.”
“We are responsible adult women who walk through the world with dignity. We were simply being affectionate like any normal couple,” they said. “We were on the airplane less than 5 minutes when all was said and done. We take full responsibility for getting verbally upset with the flight attendant after being told it was a ‘family airline.’ “
Southwest previously responded to Leisha’s Tweets about the airline saying she was escorted “based solely on behavior and not gender” and that the passengers said her behavior was “excessive.”
But Leisha disagrees.
“We were never told the reason the flight attendant approached us, we were only scolded that we ‘needed to be aware that Southwest Airlines was a family oriented airline.’ No matter how quietly homophobia is whispered, it doesn’t make it any less loud. You can’t whisper hate,” the statement continued. “We ask this airline to teach their employees to not discriminate against any couple, ever, regardless of their own beliefs. We want to live in a society where if your loved one leans over to give you an innocent kiss on an airplane it’s not labeled as ‘excessive or not family oriented’ by a corporation and its employees. We find it very disturbing that the same airline who lauds itself as being LGBT friendly has twisted an upsetting incident that happened into our behavior being ‘too excessive.’ The above is not an apology and we are in the process of filing a formal complaint with the airline. We hope that when all is said and done a greater tolerance without prejudice will evolve.”