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Gay Kiss-in Brings Shopping Center to Brief Standstill in Paris


Activists staged a kiss-in to combat homophobia on Saturday in Forum des Halles, an underground shopping center in Paris. The action lasted approximately 5 minutes.

Watch a video, AFTER THE JUMP...

And for a small gallery of photos of participants, check out phillipe leroyer's flickr page.

(image above phillipe leroyer)


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  1. While this is just on the edge of the gayest neighborhood in Paris, it is, well, a mall in France. Les Halles is not the most sophisticated crowd in the city (which is a polite way of saying the bottom of the barrel).

    Posted by: zeddt | Sep 28, 2009 6:00:28 PM

  2. cool :)

    Posted by: me | Sep 28, 2009 6:01:34 PM

  3. Awww....this makes me think of all the Queer Nation activities in the early 90s. Those were fun. (I'm old).

    Posted by: henry | Sep 28, 2009 6:21:42 PM

  4. L'amour, l'amour, toujours l'amour. :)

    Posted by: Dback | Sep 28, 2009 7:11:29 PM

  5. It's all about making ourselves visible. Go for it!

    Posted by: declan | Sep 28, 2009 7:17:46 PM

  6. Les Halles may be steps from the Marais, but the typical patrons at this mall are very different--urban, non-white, less affluent, less educated. As a result, I think it was the PERFECT place for an action like this.

    Posted by: Asher | Sep 28, 2009 7:34:10 PM

  7. DBACK:

    aussi--La publicité! La publicité! ;)

    Posted by: Christopher | Sep 28, 2009 9:02:43 PM



    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 28, 2009 9:05:59 PM

  9. Asher I understood what you meant but still..."urban, non-white, less affluent, less educated?"

    1) The use of the term 'non-white' implies 'other' as in if you're not white you're something else. A better term would have been something like "racially-diverse."

    2) Urban doesn't necessarily = "no whites," doesn't = less affluent, doesn't = less educated. It just means urban where people of all walks of life can be found.

    Posted by: Hmmm | Sep 28, 2009 11:43:37 PM

  10. Derek, you're right. In truth, "Urban" was really code for "ghetto", and "non-white" was really code for "immigrant". Now at least my comment sounds overtly racist and xenophobic!

    Posted by: Asher | Sep 29, 2009 3:39:17 AM

  11. Le kiss in dijonnais! L'amour façon 'mustard"!

    Posted by: Anna | Sep 30, 2009 3:36:42 PM

  12. They don't care if you are gay in France as long as you are not fat

    Posted by: bill | Oct 29, 2009 7:12:52 AM

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