John M. Becker

Michael Sam Kiss Inspires Facebook Kiss-In Campaign

Filed By John M. Becker | May 14, 2014 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: David Badash, double standards, kiss-in, kissing, Michael Sam, Michelangelo Signorile, PDA, same-sex affection

Equality advocate, radio host, and HuffPost Gay Voices editor Michelangelo Signorile was on CNN yesterday to discuss -- what else -- Michael Sam's kiss seen 'round the world. He came away from the conversation realizing that much of the fuss has to do with the fact that many people just aren't used to seeing same-sex couples kissing. He writes:

Judging by some of the reactions to the Sam/Cammisano kiss, I'm not sure what they think gay men in relationships do. Play checkers? (Well, maybe sometimes.) We see straight people kissing all the time, all over television, in magazines, in films, on the Internet. A lot of people who consider themselves pro-gay probably are uneasy about seeing gays kissing, just like a lot of people who in the past said they supported interracial marriage were probably uneasy when they saw two straight people of different races kissing (and some still are). And in this case, it's a gay black man and a gay white man kissing.

j&m-kiss-in.jpgSignorile concurs with Slate's Mark Joseph Stern, who says that this can only mean one thing: LGBT people need to kiss more in public. A lot more.

So Signorile decided to launch what he's calling the "Great Facebook Kiss-In." He's asking people to flood Facebook and Twitter with kisses by change their profile photos to images of smooching same-sex couples, under the hashtag #KissIn.

Maybe it's you and your husband or wife, or your partner or sweetheart, or you and a friend. Maybe it's your dad and your dad, or your mom and your mom. Maybe it's two other people you just like a lot or think are hot. Your favorite celebrities, whatever... Just change your profile pic to a kissing same-sex couple, and urge others to do the same...

One day in the future we will look back on all this ridiculousness and laugh. But that's only going to happen if we do exactly this kind of thing a lot. So change those profile photos now.

I've joined the #KissIn campaign -- that's my photo above. Hopefully you'll join too, and help us normalize public displays of same-sex affection by kissing online! Oh, and post links to your tweets in the comments section; I'd love to see all your awesome kissing photos!

If you're on the fence, blogger extraordinaire David Badash of The New Civil Rights Movement has assembled a fabulous sample of #KissIn photos. Check them out and be inspired, after the break.

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