Two women, the Washington Blade reports, were ejected from Silver Spring’s Tastee Diner for hugging after completing their meal. Aiyi’nah Ford and Torian Brown say they were told by a manager to “take that outside” after embracing near the restaurant’s counter.
Bad move, Tastee. At 9 p.m. tonight, the diner will be chock-full of same-sex hugging. Instead of boycotting the place entirely, Ford and Brown have invited the public to inundate the restaurant with gay PDA. 94 guests are currently confirmed on Facebook; you can join them at 8601 Cameron Street, Silver Spring, Md. When you arrive, here’s the drill:
We will be entering the restaurant at 9pm. We will all sit at tables together, and order one item from the menu no more than a $5 value. We will act orderly, and if you choose to show some sign of affection to the person you are with we ask that it be done tastefully. We want to observe there reactions if any to us. We will then proceed to the check out, to pay for our food. At that time we will engage in some gesture of affection. If you are unsure of the type of gesture please follow Simply Nay and Jay’s lead. We will then leave the premises, still observing the behavior of the management.
Still on the fence about hugging it up? What if I told you it was . . . destiny? “This happened to us for a reason. I’m a firm believer in that,” Ford awesomely told the Blade. “Because I wanted to go to IHOP in the first place.”