Is it time to boycott Southwest?

It’s been nearly 24 hours since lesbian actress and musician Leisha Hailey alleged on Twitter that she’d been kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight for kissing her girlfriend. But we still haven’t heard anything more about the incident from Hailey, whose spokeswoman isn’t responding to media inquiries.

The Associated Press reports today that the kissing took place aboard a flight from Baltimore to St. Louis, and Hailey and her partner were kicked off the plane after it landed. According to the airline’s statement, that’s when a discussion “escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground.” The airline characterized the kissing as “excessive” and said there were “several complaints” from passengers about it.

According to an itinerary for the flight, after St. Louis it was headed to Dallas Love Field, then El Paso and Los Angeles, but it’s unclear where Hailey planned to disembark. Hailey, who starred in Showtime’s The L Word and is a member of the band Uh Huh Her, reportedly is set to begin a 21-city tour to promote breast cancer awareness.

Hailey called for a boycott of Southwest on Twitter after the incident, but the National Gay Pilots Association isn’t ready to go along with that.

“The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) opposes any premature boycott measures against Southwest Airlines until we hear all sides,” the group said in a statement released today. “Southwest Airlines has strict non-discrimination policies in place and is actively working with NGPA and other gay rights organizations to further enhance their policies and employee training. We still expect SWA to send a clear signal to all its employees that such behavior cannot be tolerated (especially when it comes to definition of family), should the accusations be true.”

As the AP story points out, Hailey isn’t the first celebrity to be kicked off a Southwest flight in the last few years. And as we noted yesterday, this isn’t the first gay-related controversy the airline has faced in recent months.

Southwest received a score of 95 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s most recent Corporate Equality Index, and it happens to be the official airline of GLAAD. (Check out the GLBT Outreach section of Southwest’s website here.) Another factor for those of us in Dallas: SWA essentially flies out of the gayborhood. 

So what do you think, is it time to boycott Southwest? Who knows, perhaps the below cartoon about Monday’s incident from Taiwan’s Next Media Animation will help you decide.

—  John Wright

UPDATED: Southwest Airlines statement on incident involving ‘L-Word’ actress Leisha Hailey

Leisha Hailey appeared in the ‘L-Word’ and is a member of the band Uh Huh Her.

Looks like Dallas-based Southwest Airlines could have another big gay controversy on its hands.

Months after a pilot’s anti-gay rant was broadcast over a stuck cockpit microphone, L-Word actress Leisha Hailey (also a lesbian in real life) is alleging on Twitter she was booted from an SWA flight after — GASP! — kissing her partner.

We’re waiting to hear back from Southwest — and working to get in touch with Hailey — but for now, below are her tweets about the incident.

UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.: Southwest has posted a statement on its website about the incident, which occurred aboard Flight 2274. Southwest’s statement reads: “Initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive. Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all Customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender. The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight. We regret any circumstance where a passenger does not have a positive experience on Southwest and we are ready to work directly with the passengers involved to offer our heartfelt apologies for falling short of their expectation.”

UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: Those who’ve expressed support for Hailey include fellow gay musician Adam Lambert, who tweeted, “News: kissing is NOT indecent behavior. No matter what sex u are. So if two of the same sex are sweetly kissing, get over it!”

—  John Wright

WATCH: Uh Huh Her at House of Blues

I was sad to not have made it out to the Uh Huh Her show this past Monday at the House of Blues — especially after talking to Camila Grey, half of the duo for last week’s ish. She and Leisha Hailey (from The L Word) came to town after a four-day stint in Austin at SXSW, but looks like they drew a decent crowd at Cambridge Room inside HOB. Just watch out for the vertigo-inducing sideways turn the video takes.

The band also debuted their new video today for their newest single “Black and Blue” on RollingStone.com, which also the title track to their current EP. Minimalistic video, but I’ve been digging the song. And who know Leisha could rock out? Watch it after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Uh Huh Her to stream tonight’s SXSW performance before stopping in Dallas

In this week’s issue, I spoke with Camila Grey about her band Uh Huh Her and how they have approached their second album. You might recognize them more as “that band Leisha Hailey is in.” The L Word star started out in music with another pop duo, The Murmurs.

UHH is doing the SXSW bit right now before heading up to town, and you can watch them live tonight via streaming web for a sneak preview of what their Monday show might be like. It’s just a 25 minute set so hopefully your buffering won’t act up. The band performs tonight at 10:30 p.m. for the Sessions at the Factory and the gig will be livestreamed here.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert Notice: Uh Huh Her to play House of Blues’ Cambridge Room in March

I have been missing me some L Word action and this might be the closest I get to it. Leisha Hailey comes to town but not as the lovably quirky Alice Pieszecki from the show. She’s one half of the pop duo Uh Huh Her and they’re headed this way.

According to their Twitter feed, they’ve finished their second album and about to drop it on all of us. I hope it sounds as good as their 2008 release Common Reaction because that was surprisingly impressive and a constant go-to for some upbeat beats. Seriously, I played out the song below — although I never quite got the video. They have a free song preview on their site for Twitter fans to retweet. It’s a little downtempo, but has their signature slick sound.

Uh Huh Her stops at the House of Blues’ Cambridge Room on March 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at door.

—  Rich Lopez