Thursday, August 13, 2009

Nationwide Kiss-In to Occur this Saturday!

The great nationwide kiss-in will be occuring at dozens of cities across the United States and Canada this Saturday, August 15th at 2:00 pm EDT (11:00 am PDT) to show support for gay public display of affection. The event is taking place after recent arrests and discrimination imposed on same-sex couples for showing their love.

In alphabetical order:

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, at the Civic Center Plaza - Angeline Elise - circle115@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Albuquerque: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126172658948

ATHENS, GA, at the UGA Arch, UGA North Campus Quad along Broad Street - Deb Chasteen - debchasteen@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Athens: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=115221546783

ATLANTA, GA, Piedmont Park (exact location, TBD) - Alex Oxford - yngbullwnohorns@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Atlanta: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=108473617228

BOSTON, MA, at the Boston Common, between Park Street MBTA station and the State House - David Mailloux - greatnationwidekissin@gmai

l.com

Facebook event page for Boston: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=109795666567

CARBONDALE, IL, at the Town Square Pavilion - Krishna Pattisapu - krishna.pattisapu@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Carbondale: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=142965079615

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA, IL, at the intersection of Green & 6th Sts. in Champaign - Phillip Reese - phillipjreese@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Champaign/Urbana: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110936764229

CHARLOTTE, NC, at Freedom Park, near 1900 East Boulevard - Mitchell Killman - mitchellkillman@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Charlotte: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122444044602

CHICAGO, IL, at the Cloudgate Sculpture/"The Bean" in Millennium Park - sponsored by Join the Impact Chicago - Nik Maciejewski - nik@jointheimpactchicago.com

Facebook event page for Chicago:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111579388358&ref=mf

CHICAGO/OAK PARK, IL, at Scoville Park, the NW corner of Oak Park Av. and Lake St. - Kathleen Carrillo - kattcarrillo@yahoo.com

Facebook event page for Chicago/Oak Park: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=115130357898

CINCINNATI, OH, at Fountain Square, downtown, 5th & Vine - Cameron Tolle - tollec@xavier.edu (or) Lauren Kaplan - lmeanslauren@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Cincinnati: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123647133912

COLUMBUS, OH, at Goodale Park, on Buttles Ave. - contact information TBA

Facebook event page for Columbus: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132830606920

DALLAS, TX, in the West End, in Rosa Parks Plaza, at Lamar and Elm - Rich McPhee - rmcphee@smu.edu

Facebook group page for Dallas: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=113366047079

DENVER, CO, at the 16th St. Mall, at Glenarm - sponsored by Soulforce in Colorado - soulforcedenver@yahoo.com

Facebook event page for Denver: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=115471915685

DURANGO, CO (private event), at the wedding of Estella Moore & Brad Bartlett

EDMONTON, AB (CANADA), by the big fountain in front of the legislature building - Jean Bodie - jean44@shaw.ca

Facebook event page for Edmonton: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=107176912916

ERIE, PA, on the steps of the Erie County Courthouse - sponsored by the Erie Gay News - Michael Mahler - info@eriegaynews.com

Facebook event page for Erie: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=108657518098

FAYETTEVILLE, AR, at the plaza between the square and Town Center - sponsored by the NWA Center for Equality -
info@nwacenterforequality.org

Facebook event page for Fayetteville: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=241495050346

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, at Rosa Parks Circle, at Monroe Center and Monroe Ave. - Brooke Murphy - brooke.n.murphy@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Grand Rapids: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=127745867040

GREENFIELD, MA (near Amherst/Northampton), at the Greenfield Town Square - Erin "Trouble" Mandeson - wildferalfemme@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Greenfield: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=119261556177

HOUSTON, TX, Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. - Meghan Baker - meghanabaker@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Houston: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=119009738704

IOWA CITY, IA, on the pedestrian mall in front of Donnelly's Pub - sponsored by Iowa City Pride - Bridget Malone - malone.bridget@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Iowa City: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=104521017402

IRVINE, CA, meet in front of Steelhead Brewery, 4175 Campus Drive - Chelsea Salem - seasalem@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Irvine: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=117256529880

2nd Irvine event in conjunction with Orange County Pride Picnic, at 2pm local time: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=105680134231

LITTLE ROCK, AR, location, TBD - Beth Eyestone - mistress_of_mayhem16@hotmail.com

Facebook event page for Little Rock: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=106529463875

LOS ANGELES/SANTA MONICA, 3rd Street Promenade at Arizona, near Farmers' Market in Santa Monica - sponsored by Love Honor Cherish - Jane Wishon - janewishon@yahoo.com

Facebook event page for Los Angeles/Santa Monica: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111377645818

MADISON, WI - location, TBD - Jean Wennlund - jean.wennlund@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Madison: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120033432045

MEMPHIS, TN, at the intersection of Poplar & Highland - Josephine Williams - josephine@midsouthpeace.org

Facebook event page for Memphis: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=115301119764

NEW HAVEN, CT, on the Green - Caitlyn Few - designthefuture@hotmail.com

Facebook event page for New Haven: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114205839759

NEW YORK CITY, Battery Park (exact location, TBD) - David Badash & Caleb Eigsti - KissInNYC@gmail.com

Facebook event page for NYC: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131549948688

NORMAL, IL, in front of City Hall, 100 E. Phoenix Ave. - Ryan Mishler - rymishler@mchsi.com

Facebook event page for Normal: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=117628811860

PARKERSBURG, WV, at the Parkersburg City Park, in front of the band shelter - Jen Cooper - dodgerocks@suddenlink.net

Facebook event page for Parkersburg: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111506768894

PHILADELPHIA, PA, in LOVE Park, at 16th St. and JFK Boulevard - Wendy Kovitz - wdkblogger@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Philadelphia: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122955264512

PHOENIX, AZ, at the end of the Arizona Right To Marry's 97-mile walk for marriage equality, on the lawn of the Arizona State Capitol Building - Meg Sneed - meg@righttomarry.org

Facebook event page for Phoenix: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=108132997978

PITTSBURGH, PA, at 1000 Penn Avenue, on the public space right in front of the Westin portico/driveway on 10th, between Liberty Ave and Penn Ave - organized by Jeremy Hooper of the blog, Good As You, and endorsed by the Netroots Nation Event - contact@goodasyou.org

Facebook group page for Pittsburgh: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=110382828714

Website with additional information: http://netrootsnation.org/outsideevents09

PORTLAND, OR, at Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW 6th & SW Yamhill St. - Robert Moore - youngadults@affirmation.org

Facebook event page for Portland, OR: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114410507119

RICHMOND, VA, location TBD - Mackenzie Ellis - mackenzie_nicole_ellis@yahoo.com

Facebook event page for Richmond: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114890907770

RIVERSIDE/INLAND EMPIRE, CA, at Riverside Plaza, at Central and Riverside Aves. (exit Central off the 91 Freeway) - sponsored by Equality Inland Empire - Dany Wilson - equalityinlandempire@yahoo.com

Facebook event page for Riverside: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110378229526

SACRAMENTO, CA, on the west steps of the Capitol Building - Tara Golden - tngwriter@yahoo.com

Facebook event page for Sacramento:

ST. LOUIS, MO, in front of City Hall - sponsored by F.O.L.K. - Michael Brinkley - michael@sparrowseyeview.com

Facebook event page for St. Louis: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116388247230

SAIPAN, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS,
at the Minachom Atdao Pavilion, across the Ada Gym - Jonathan Cabrera - jonc51@gmail.com

NOTE: Local time for this event is Sunday, August 16, 4 a.m.

Facebook event page for Saipan: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=115185827009

SALT LAKE CITY, in Washington Square - Ash Johnsdottir - ashjohnsdottir@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Salt Lake City: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=115983605871

SAN DIEGO, CA, Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place - Syd Stevens - sydstevens@sitin4equality.net

Facebook event page for San Diego:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=118528143600

SAN FRANCISCO, Union Square, Powell Street - Anna Conda - charliehorsecinch@yahoo.com

Facebook event page for San Francisco: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=119270044816

SAN JOSE, CA, at City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street - Kate Walsham - kwalsham@gmail.com

Facebook event page for San Jose: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=109356080747

SANTA BARBARA, CA, on Pardall Rd in Isla Vista - sponsored by UCSB Votes No on Prop 4 and Prop 8! - Urvi Nagrani - unagrani@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Santa Barbara: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=133391075409

TORONTO, ON (CANADA) - location, TBD - Aaron Hewitt - see Facebook event for contact info.

Facebook event page for Toronto: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=245679735502

TULSA, OK, at the Oklahomans for Equality HQ, 621 East 4th Street, sponsored by Oklahomans for Equality - Debby Mayabb - debby@okeq.org

Facebook event page for Tulsa: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=117013904140

Go to their website for more details: http://okeq.org/

WASHINGTON D.C., on the National Mall, between 3rd and 4th Sts. - Ian Thomas -
the.pensive.i@gmail.com

Facebook event page for Washington D.C.: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113732820282


If you wish to plan a last-minute Kiss-In event for your city or town, you must contact organizers before Thursday, August 13, at 2 p.m., Eastern Time (or 48 hours before the official event). You must be prepared to commit immediately, and provide information for confirmation of your event. Thank you.

greatnationwidekissin@gmail.com

http://sitin4equality.net/

Photo courtesy of Philippe Leroyer on Flickr.

5 comments:

s parker said...

I picked the wrong time to study abroad! I am missing this event AND the October March on Washington. :(
I'll be thinking of you all and watching on the internets!

Anonymous said...

" recent arrests and discrimination imposed on same-sex couples for showing their love." What recent arrests and discrimination for public displays of affection are you referring to??

Queers United said...

Mostly referring to discrimination such as lesbians at a baseball game, and gay men in Chico's El Paso Tx.

As for the arrest it is referring to the Mormon Temple promenade event where two men were arrested.

CrackerLilo said...

I am so sad that I'll have to work!

elizabeth-carrie said...

Ironically enough, I will be in Pittsburgh this weekend for a wedding. My partner and I are going to try to attend this between the ceremony and reception. A few summers ago we were kicked out of a bar for sharing an innocent peck on the lips. A few weeks after that we were pushed around by some big bad homophobic frat boys that are so insecure with their own sexuality. Pittsburgh is really the only city I've been harassed in.

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