C'mon, Edmonton. Be better.

November 8, 2018

The headline to the story actually overstates what really happened.  Two women hugged.  Maybe stole a kiss. Seriously.  That's it.  But that was enough for a security person to come over to them and say, "this is not allowed in here."

Not.  Allowed. 

It was at a Jack White show in Edmonton, Alberta last Friday, and Jack is rightly pissed off about the whole thing.  Well, I don't wanna put words in his mouth...you can read what he wrote here in his Instagram post.

This photo is a lesbian couple sharing a kiss at a Beatles concert in 1964 while the rest of the crowd screamed for the band. This is one of my favorite photos because of how beautiful the situation is; they are hiding in plain sight. Its 2018 now and two people expressing affection shouldn’t have to hide. The news that two women were stopped from kissing during my show in Edmonton really disappointed me. At the next show in Calgary I dedicated the song “love interruption” to the two women and encouraged everyone in the crowd to kiss their loved ones. Let’s promote love and acceptance wherever and whenever we can. -Jack White III

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Allyson MacIvor, a musician with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, was just trying to enjoy a night out with her girlfriend, and was, until she was scolded like a junior at a high school dance in 1950. She said, "It was very violating and invasive. It’s not something I’d ever imagine experiencing, honestly.”  She did speak to the over-eager employee's manager and got an apology, but Allyson filed an incident report anyway.  She also wrote about it on Facebook, and get this...it was the first time she'd ever come out publicly.

Probably not the way she'd envisioned that moment.