Saturday, July 25, 2009

Great Nationwide Kiss-In

In response to recent events in three different U.S. cities, where gay or lesbian couples have been harassed, and detained or arrested, for the simple act of kissing in a public place, two gay rights bloggers have joined forces with the national grassroots LGBT organization Join the Impact to create the Great Nationwide Kiss-In. Now, David Badash (of the New Civil Rights Movement), David Mailloux (of DYM SUM), and Willow Witte (Co-Founder and Director of Join the Impact) are seeking event coordinators throughout the United States to help organize these Kiss-In events.

The Great Nationwide Kiss-In will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 2 p.m., Eastern Time (11 a.m., Pacific Time). Badash’s original vision for the event would have as many couples as were willing to participate – gay and straight – showing this simple, innocent form of affection for one another in popular public locations throughout the United States.

As of July 23, the coordinators have confirmed five events in Boston, MA; Irvine, CA; New York City; San Diego, CA; and San Francisco, CA. There are also organizers trying to get events started in Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Memphis, TN; Northampton, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; and San Antonio, TX.

If you would like to coordinate a Kiss-In event in your city or town, can join organizers in one of the above cities, or if you have other questions about the Great Nationwide Kiss-In, please contact David Mailloux at, or call him at (617) 213-0433.


Chino Blanco said...

The LDS church is organized geographically, so there is probably a Mormon building in your city or town. Here is a useful tool for finding your nearest LDS chapel:

The list of LDS temples is here:,11202,1901-1,00.html

IMHO, if you do have an LDS temple nearby, that should be the first choice. If not, second choice should be a stake meeting house. Otherwise, simply locate the nearest ward building.

Queers United said...

Great idea Chino!

Lonnie L said...

Sadly, the conservative leaders of the Seattle Join the Impact chapter undemocratically decided that there should be no Kiss-In in the entire state of Washington, despite overwhelming community support. So, we had to cancel our event. Kind of pathetic that there will be events in Tulsa, OK, Richmond, VA, Normal, Illinois, and Parkersburg, West Virginia, but not in the supposedly liberal and progressive Seattle. This is a great example of why we need more grassroots democracy in this movement and less top-down orders from unelected and self-appointed leaders.

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