When attending Pride events, eventually we come across the protesters – you know, the haters with their icky signs telling us all how we’re going to Hell.
Although now that Gay Hell exists in Michigan, who knows? Maybe we’ll take a road trip.
Anyway, most of the time I think we all just ignore them. Who knows what kind of crackpot they might turnout to be?
But other times, they can make you want to break out in a robust chorus of Taylor Swift’s, “You Need To Calm Down.”
In a video posted to Twitter, one proud gay decided he’d fight fire with lust.
There the hater stood with his “God Hates Pride” sign, complete with sayings like “When PRIDE cometh, then cometh SHAME;” “A man’s PRIDE shall bring him low;” and “The PRIDE of thine heart DECEIVED thee
Bible in hand while wearing a t-shirt with sleeves covered with large letters spelling, “REPENTANCE, the protester stood there, making his sad contribution to the day.
And then, up walks a hottie in tank top and gym shorts who begins making out with a furry, shirtless, gay wearing a rainbow bandana.
The passionate kiss works its magic quickly as the protester can’t get out of there fast enough.
Our heroes are left there to enjoy Pride (and the kiss) in peace.
If you’re quick, you can see another gay couple in smooch-mode at the very beginning of the segment.
The Eurovision Song Contest has long celebrated a message of acceptance.
Dana, who won the international competition 21 years ago for Israel, told the crowd, “Love has no religion, love has no race, love has no limits, love is love. We all deserve to be loved.”
The show’s host, Assi Azar, shared before Dana’s performance that her groundbreaking win back in 1998 and her ‘unbelievable life story’ helped him to come out. He credited the singer with helping “millions of people around the world” to feel comfortable with who they are.
However, a TV host from Belarus, Yavhen Perlin, wasn’t so enchanted by the kissy-goodness.
On the air, broadcasting back to his country, Perlin initially got excited about the kiss-cam. But when he saw the first couple was gay, he told his viewers, “Oh, my goodness – maybe we’d better not watch.”
Perlin felt more at ease with the next couple, who were heterosexual (“Ok, so far so good!”), but expressed more dismay when the camera found the following male couple (“Oh, come on!”).
According to the BBC, several journalists took to social media to denounce Perlin’s comments.
“I feel so embarrassed,” wrote Radio Liberty’s Ales Piletski on Facebook. “The good thing is these boorish jokes are not heard in other countries.”
And speaking of other countries, many on social media were thrilled that the same-sex kiss was broadcast live, which meant many countries that aren’t so LGBT-friendly – like Russia – got a healthy view of man-on-man make-out session.
first it was a kiss cam showing 2 men, and then one of the presenters talking about his husband.
Russian authorities are shitting themselves right now XD#Eurovision#Eurovision2019
Eurovision love kisscam steals the show. Dana international was sensational and to see so many kisses from gaymen, straight couple’s, senior couples was utterly moving. Hopefully it will come back for lesbian kisses and trans and everybody else. #kisscam#Eurovisionpic.twitter.com/nuIZk3nFh8
Bryan Woodington kisses husband Kenneth upon returning home from deployment
As is tradition in the US Navy, a lottery is held to determine which lucky spouse will get to receive the ceremonial ‘first kiss’ as sailors return home from a long deployment
Spouses can enter the raffle with the funds donated to charity.
Kenneth Woodington, who works in special education, was the lucky winner meaning he would be first to kiss his spouse, Bryan Woodington, when the USS The Sullivans returned from seven months in the Middle East.
Kenneth told News4Jax, “When he got off the ship, I lost all control, I just dropped everything and I just ran.”
“And I knew I was going to dip him,” added Bryan.
The kiss reminded many of the iconic 1945 Times Square kiss on V-J Day.
In the news report from News4Jax, you can hear the cheers from the crowd.
But some folks just got to hate. And so it was that the news station received some angry emails over broadcasting the same-sex kiss.
From some of the email comments:
How sad that your station has dropped to such a low as to show a gay couple kissing on your newscast. How many people are now trying to explain their young kids why 2 men are kissing, very disgusting.
I’ll never watch your news again!!!! So long, News4Jax.
I thought this was a ‘family friendly’ news channel.
However, the photo of the smooch was also posted to Naval Station Mayport’s Facebook page where the image received overwhelmingly positive response.
From the Facebook comments:
Times have changed when a Gay sailor can welcome home his partner without fear. Welcome home. Life is short love whoever you want to love
Duty, honor, country. Love whomever you want. Semper fi.
I’m not gay and this doesn’t offend me one damn bit. Why should it? Love is love for goodness sake!
Wish my man would kiss me like this!! Just saying…
This is so bad ass
Some folks trolled the few haters with backhanded comments about the weather and fashion sense:
This is digsuting. (sic) The weather should be ashamed of itself looking all gloomy.
This makes me sick to my stomach. White shoes after Labor Day
In the responses, over 500 viewers clicked “Love,” another 250+ clicked “Like,” and only four sad fools clicked “Angry.”
The Woodingtons, who are newlyweds, are aware of the negative comments, but say this moment can be a teaching moment in 2018.
“It didn’t really bother me,” Kenneth said. “Honestly, I’m the type of person who doesn’t really care that much about what people say.”
“My grandmother always taught me, she said, ‘You know some people have a different life and that’s just how they are and you just have to treat them as such, and treat them with kindness and respect,'” Bryan added.
For now, Bryan says that he’s more focused on happiness: “I gave him nothing but love and care and understanding right out the gate, so I think we just fell for each other really hard and we both knew what we really wanted.”
The couple also says the Navy has been nothing but supportive to them as a family.
A spokesman for Naval Station Mayport, Bill Austin, told News4Jax this isn’t the first same-sex kiss and it is not an issue for the Navy. He said the maritime branch of the armed forces “has always been gender neutral and on the forefront of progress.”
Ryan Reynolds dropped by CONAN to promote his new project, but he gets a bit cheeky playing a game with the audience asking them to guess the project.
Along the way he throw out a few red herrings like a new like of underwear made of ham; an album of children’s songs about Civil War wounds; and a parenting book titled 10 Easy Steps to Lower Your Child’s Self-Esteem.
In the end, Ryan reveals his new movie, complete with an over the top screen kiss with Conan.
I’m not sure if the most awkward moment of the GOP convention was last night’s Ted Cruz “failure to launch endorsement,” or this when Donald Trump went in to smooch his very homophobic running mate, Gov. Mike Pence.