Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Great Nationwide Kiss In - Coming To Venango County?

We are two bloggers - David Badash and David Mailloux - who believe that any person anywhere should be able to kiss whomever they want, whenever they want.

We both believe that there's not enough love and affection in the world, because most people are afraid to show it. We should never be afraid of brief, unimposing displays of affection. There is nothing wrong with a hug, a kiss on the mouth, a kiss on the cheek.

Together, with the help of Willow Witte and the national Join The Impact group, we are coordinating a nationwide event on August 15, 2009 at 2 p.m., EDT (or 11 a.m., PDT) It's called "The Great Nationwide Kiss-In" and you're invited - all of you! - to either plan a Kiss-In event in your city or town, or simply participate in an existing one.

Okay, you ask, but what does this mean? What is a Kiss-In?

Well, it's quite simple. On the suggested date and time, in a public place - whether it's a park or plaza or popular thoroughfare in your city or town - you'll bring your husband or wife or partner or boyfriend or girlfriend or good friend, and at 2 p.m., you'll kiss. It's one of the simplest things in the world to do!

Why, you ask? Why are you doing this?

After incidents in San Antonio, TX, El Paso, TX and Salt Lake City, UT - where different gay and lesbian couples were harassed or detained by law enforcement or other people for the simple act of kissing in a public place - we need to make a strong statement to everyone everywhere: kissing is not a bad thing, nor has it ever been. It's not vulgar or inappropriate. It's a sign of affection that is as old as time itself. And it's a beautiful thing that we share with our loved ones every single day.

The more cities with corresponding events, and the more people who participate in those events, the stronger the statement.

You can read more about why we've chosen to coordinate this, by reading our blog entries below:

David Badash: The New Civil Rights Movement

David Mailloux: Anyone Feel Like Kissing?

If you're interested in organizing a Great Nationwide Kiss-In event, and your city or town is not listed below, please send us a message at We'll make sure you get all the information you need to get started as soon as possible. If your city or town is already listed, we'll set you up with organizers so you can give them a hand.

If you're interested in participating in a Kiss-In event (remember, ALL are welcome to attend and participate, regardless of sexual orientation, or gender identity), then look at the list below to see if an event is being planned near you.


David Mailloux said...

Thanks for mentioning us in your blog today. :-)

I have two options for you:

1. You can plan your own Kiss-In right in Venango County, which would far exceed amazing. Does Franklin have any nice parks where you could hold an event like this? You should think about it. :-)

2. You could drive about 75 miles to Erie, where they will be holding one. :-)

It's entirely up to you. Maybe I'm a bit biased, but I think both options are pretty cool to consider.

Jim said...

In order to have a kiss in you'd have to find at least two out homosexuals to kiss each other.

Good luck with that one.

I'd really like to be proven wrong.