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John Barrowman Kisses a Man, Makes Headlines at the Commonwealth Games: VIDEO

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John Barrowman stole the show at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games last night, by kissing a man:

Writes The Independent:

The gay embrace has been hailed as a snub to homophobia in Commonwealth countries which criminalise homosexuality. The openly gay Doctor Who actor kissed his male “bride” at a mock Gretna Green during the showcase at Celtic Park, Glasgow, last night.

It was an act that flew in the face of anti-homosexual legislation in 42 out of the 53 Commonwealth countries represented at the games.

Those countries include Jamaica, Nigeria, and Uganda.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: Barrowman was the target of attacks on social media following the kiss. He responded:

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Italian Mayor Gianluca Buonanno Wants To Ban Gay Kissing And PDA

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Well this is bound to go over well and not incite any sort of backlash: Mayor Gianluca Buonanno of Borgosesia and Italian MP for the Northern League has proposed penalizing any forms of homosexual public displays of affection, such as kissing, with a €500 fine. Said Buonanno (rough translation):

Gay kisses in public? No thanks. Not only. From today in my Mayor and MEP offices there will be a photo of Putin. I don't like that two people of the same-sex exchanges public displays of affection. It's a matter of respect. And I am convinced that is morally harmful for children.

Hiding behind vague conditions of "respect" and protecting children? Sounds Putin-esque, for sure.

Buonanno apparently has a reputation for showboating, such as arriving at the European Parliament in a burqa, using a bass as a prop, blowing soap bubbles, and shredding the European Union flag to use as a handkerchief. In other words, he's not such a deep thinker and is more of a hyperventilating grandstander of the Peter LaBarbera/Todd Starnes/Matt Barber variety.


Gay Cop Kisses Boyfriend at Pride with Westboro Baptist Church as Backdrop

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A D.C. couple staged a kissing protest in front of the Westboro Baptist Church which has gone viral.

Mark Raimondo posted a photo of the kiss on Instagram. He was laying one on his boyfriend, Arlington, Virginia police officer D.J. Stalter.

The WBC wasn't amused, but helped launch the shot on its viral way:

(via huffpost)


Penny Dreadful's Passionate Man-on-Man Kiss: GIF Bag [SPOILERS]

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Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler) and Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray) share a lustful kiss in last night's episode of Showtime's Penny Dreadful.

The moment was GIFed by Tublr user Telebi.

A tipster alerted us to this scene last night, and after reading the NYT recap, the new show may be on our list. Should we be watching?

Let us know what you think about Penny Dreadful...


Spanish Football Stars Share Passionate Kiss on the Field: VIDEO

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A passionate man-on-man kiss during the Europa League title celebrations is getting attention this week, particularly in light of the Michael Sam controversy.

This is Europe, however, where folks are more relaxed about such celebrations.

WatchIvan Rakitic and Daniel Carrico have their moment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Facebook 'Kiss-In' Launched in Response to Negative Reactions to Michael Sam Kiss

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HuffPost editor Michelangelo Signorile has launched a Facebook "kiss-in" in response to negative reactions over the Michael Sam kiss.

KissinHe writes:

People just aren't used to seeing two men or two women kissing, even with all the news coverage of gay marriage. Judging by some of the reactions to the Sam/Cammisano kiss, I'm not sure what they think gay men in relationships do. Play checkers? (Well, maybe sometimes.) We see straight people kissing all the time, all over television, in magazines, in films, on the Internet. A lot of people who consider themselves pro-gay probably are uneasy about seeing gays kissing, just like a lot of people who in the past said they supported interracial marriage were probably uneasy when they saw two straight people of different races kissing (and some still are). And in this case, it's a gay black man and a gay white man kissing.

Signorile urges Facebook users to change their profile photos to two women or two men kissing.

He also references an article by Mark Joseph Stern at Slate which raises some of the same issues.

Stern makes a good case for why the negative reactions to the ESPN coverage of Michael Sam’s emotional kiss with his boyfriend prove gay people need to be more affectionate in public. 

Writes Stern:

Supporting gay rights means supporting gay people. And you can’t support gay people if you’re disgusted by their most basic and innocuous displays of affection.

Modern familyStill, on an emotional level, I can understand why an otherwise goodhearted straight person’s knee-jerk response to a gay kiss lands on the spectrum of discomfort. Gay PDA remains startlingly rare in 2014, thanks to an overwhelming history of anti-gay animus that makes every public kiss more than a little bit fraught. Even an ostensibly gay-friendly TV show like Modern Family gives mainstream America barely a glimpse at same-sex affection. And there’s an obvious feedback loop problem here: So long as gay people are uncomfortable kissing in public, straight people won’t be comfortable seeing it; so long as straight people are uncomfortable seeing it, gay people will hesitate to do it.

There’s really only one way to break this impasse: more gay kissing. Straight Americans needs to see more same-sex affection, and LGBTQ Americans are the only people who can provide it. Gay couples shouldn’t shrink from sharing a kiss in public, even if they risk drawing annoyed glances or angry tweets. Ten years ago, gay people were instructed to hide their sexuality lest they rub it in everyone’s faces. Today, we’re being told not to kiss in public—under the exact same rationale. There’s no reason to accept this pathetically irrational, plainly prejudiced party line. We should all be grateful to Michael Sam for sparking this conversation with his much-ballyhooed (and very innocent) kiss. But if we truly want to do justice to Sam’s already admirable legacy, we owe it to ourselves to follow his lead.


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