After the hateful Orlando shooting, LGBT couples are using same-sex kisses as an act of defiance against homophobia. On social media, hashtags like #TwoMenKissing, #TwoWomenKissing, #SpreadLove, #LoveIsLove, #LoveWins and #KeepKissing have started a magical queer love movement 💖
In San Francisco, same-sex kissing has taken over the streets IRL. Local art director and photographer Curt Janka staged a “kiss-in” and photo-op this week in San Francisco inviting LGBT couples to #SpreadLove and #KeepKissing. The event came about from Curt’s personal need to get out of the house to do something to raise awareness against the type of homophobia that spawned the Orlando shooting.
“If a same-sex kiss prompted the heinous event in Orlando, then let’s flood the Internet with positive displays of love,” Curt wrote on the event’s Facebook page. “A kiss should never be something to be feared.” 👨❤️💋👨
Men and women of all ages, queer and straight, showed up to Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro on Wednesday to kiss in public and be a part of this visibility movement, both online and off. According to Curt, LGBT couples were not the only ones who showed up to this kiss-in, but even straight allies came to show support and pucker up for the Orlando victims.
“Thank you to all the folks on the street that helped me spread love,” Curt wrote on Facebook. “Not everyone shown is a couple or even LGBTQ, but the smiles I got for even asking them to participate lifted my heart in ways I cannot explain.”
Below are our favorite photos from the San Francisco kiss-in. To view all the pics, head over to Curt’s Facebook album.