Leisha Hailey and Girlfriend Booted off Flight for Kissing! 1 Year, 8 Months ago
Lesbian actress, Leisha Hailey, who starred as Alice Pieszecki of the "The L-Word" said she kissed a girl — and got booted off of a Southwest Airlines flight on Monday for doing so.
Leisha Hailey took to Twitter calling for a boycott of Southwest after a flight attendant told them other passengers had complained after witnessing the affection.
Her first tweet said: "I have been discriminated against." She then added, "Since when is showing affection to someone you love illegal?"
Southwest Airlines Co. responded on its website that Hailey was approached "based solely on behavior and not gender." The airline's brief response said passengers were characterizing the behavior as excessive.
A discussion ensued on the flight, and the airline said it "escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground."
Hailey and her unidentified girlfriend were on a flight from Baltimore to St. Louis. The kissing occurred in the air and the discussion followed when the plane landed.
Hailey said the encounter between the couple and a flight attendant was recorded.
A message seeking comment from Halley's spokeswoman, Libby Coffey, was not immediately returned.
Southwest's website says it is the official airline of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at GLAAD, said in an email that "GLAAD contacted Southwest to call for additional actions beyond tonight's statement that ensure all customers feel comfortable and welcomed while traveling."
Halley is preparing to launch a 21-city tour to promote breast cancer awareness.
Re:Leisha Hailey and Girlfriend Booted off Flight for Kissing! 1 Year, 8 Months ago
Leisha Hailey and Girlfriend release statement!
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 were simply being affectionate like any normal couple. We were on the airplane less than 5 minutes when all was said and done.
No matter how quietly homophobia is whispered, it doesn't make it any less loud, You can't whisper hate.
We ask this airline to teach their employeess to not discrriminate against any couple, ever, regardless of their own beliefs.