‘Great Facebook Kiss-in’ urges posting pictures of same-sex affection


In response to the controversy over Michael Sam’s now-famous smooch with his boyfriend, gay writer Michelangelo Signorile has launched the Great Facebook Kiss-in to accustom the public to displays of same-sex affection.

Signorile is urging his followers, both straight and gay, to change their Facebook profile pictures to feature a same-sex couple kissing. To kick off the effort,  Signorile posted a same-sex Facebook kiss of his own. He’s also urging followers to post pictures on Twitter, using the hashtag #kissin.

Signorile wrote:

“I hereby launch the Great Facebook Kiss-In, urging everyone — whether gay, straight or bi — to change their profile pics to two women kissing or two men kissing. Maybe it’s you and your husband or wife, or your partner or sweetheart, or you and a friend. Maybe it’s your dad and your dad, or your mom and your mom. Maybe it’s two other people you just like a lot or think are hot. Your favorite celebrities, whatever. I’ve provided a couple of links to sites where you can choose free-usage photos of two men or two women (but there are many other places you can go), and I’ve provided a few photos below (free usage from WikiCommons) for you to choose from if you like, which you can download.

“Just change your profile pic to a kissing same-sex couple, and urge others to do the same. And for that matter let’s do it on Twitter too (and tweet this post with the hashtag #kissin). One day in the future we will look back on all this ridiculousness and laugh. But that’s only going to happen if we do exactly this kind of thing a lot. So change those profile photos now.”