Following the spectacular gay kiss between footballer Michael Sam and his alleged boyfriend during the annoucement of his appointment to the NFL., Huffington Post Gay Voices editor Michelangelo Signorile decided to launch a giant Kiss In on social media called “The Greet Facebook Kiss In” to fight against homophobia. Signorile brilliantly justifies his approach by explaining in his article :
“People just aren’t used to seeing two men or two women kissing, even with all the news coverage of gay marriage. 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.
Mark Joseph Stern wrote a terrific piece on Slate about how all of this means one thing: Gay people need to be kissing more in public. There simply needs to be more queer smooching to desensitize the world.”
The reporter decided to launch the big Kiss-In Facebook to change mentalities. This action is highly symbolic right before the World Day against Homophobia. If you want to join the movement, simply change your profile picture or add a photo of a gay kiss with the #Kissin hashtag.