She Kissed a Girl: Leisha Hailey Booted from Southwest Airlines for Kissing Girlfriend
By Jerry Portwood
Nina Garduno (left) and Leisha Hailey / Photo via uhhuhherfan.com
Actress-musician Leisha Hailey, known for her role of Alice on The L Word reported via Twitter that she was asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight today for kissing her girlfriend, fashion designer Nina Garduno. As The Advocate reports:
Perez Hilton reports that Camila Grey, a member of the pop duo Uh Huh Her, tweeted the first account of the incident, writing, "So we've joined the ranks alongside @BJAofficial and @ThatKevinSmith for being kicked off an @SouthwestAir flight, this time for being gay. @SouthwestAir We didn't know intolerance and discrimination for slouchy pants, being overweight or being gay was part of your family values." Grey refers to Kevin Smith, who was escorted off a Southwest jet in February 2010, supposedly for being too large for his seat, and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, who was asked to leave a flight earlier this month for wearing pants deemed to be too saggy.
Hailey then added her take on what happened, writing, "I have been discriminated against by @SouthwestAir. Flt. attendant said that it was a "family" airline and kissing was not ok.This is an outrage. I demand a public apology by @SouthwestAir and a refund. Hate is not a family value. I will never fly this airline. We were escorted off the plane for getting upset about the issue. @SouthwestAir endorses homophobic employees. No one made her accountable."
Hailey continued tweeting, adding, "Since when is showing affection towards someone you love illegal? I want to know what Southwest Airlines considers as "family." I know plenty of wonderful same sex families I would like to introduce them to. Boycott @SouthwestAir if you are gay. They don't like us."
Hailey also claims she filmed the incident, writing, "Did I mention to @SouthwestAir that I have a lot of their actions recorded on audio and video? RT #boycottSouthwest #discrimination."
As the LA Times blog points out, "Kevin Smith was escorted off a Southwest jet in February 2010, supposedly for being too large for a single seat. Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, a.k.a. @BJAofficial, got the boot earlier this month for wearing pants deemed to be too saggy."