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Smooch against homophobia!

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Last Thursday, I puckered up with my sweetie, and did some smooching for social change. The venue was a cheesy Mexican restaurant at Dow’s Lake in Ottawa — an unlikely venue for a queer kiss-fest. But after Adam Graham and Phillip Banks were asked to “cool it” for sharing a gentle kiss by the water, we didn’t just get mad … we organized!
Here’s Adam and Phillip, explaining the situation that merited the kiss-fest:

It was such a fun action. Taking up space — if even for an instant — in a hetero-normative environment felt powerful. Taking direct action against the casual homophobia that many of us face every day felt like such a breath of fresh air. And not only was it hot, it was also a success. Check out for the full story.

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