leisha hailey Leisha Hailey responds to Southwest Air: 'You can't whisper hate'“The L Word” actress Leisha Hailey and her girlfriend, Camila Grey, were removed from a Southwest Air flight after responding to what they felt were homophobic actions on the part of a flight attendant.

Southwest Air claims that they received complaints from passengers about Hailey and Grey’s “excessive” public display of affection. Hailey, in a statement, says, “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. We were on the airplane less
than 5 minutes when all was said and done.”

After they were asked to keep the “family friendly” nature of the flight in mind, the women became understandably upset. “We take full responsibility for getting verbally upset with the flight
attendant after being told it was a ‘family airline,'” they say. “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.”

Southwest has a special LGBT-friendly outreach program for gay travelers, which is advertised on their website. Hailey isn’t buying it. “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.”