Two straight women, named Julia (17) and Auriane (19), kissing in the middle of an anti-gay, anti-adoption rally in Marseilles, France in support of their gay friends and all other gays across the world.
This picture has quickly become a symbol for LGBT rights in the past few days. Please help to spread these pictures and words across the internet and make it go viral.
“I don’t think you need to be gay to support them. It’s a gesture of solidarity, plain and simple,” - Julia Pistolesi.
When people began thanking Julia on twitter she described the moment as “Full Of Emotion,” and the added, “The homophobes in Marseilles can p*** off!”
LOL look at their faces, JAWS ARE DROPPED! take that motherfuckers
why the FUCK are two straight (cis) women kissing “a symbol of LGBT rights”
That’s a pretty good question. It turns out there is a sound technical reason. A couple of things to keep in mind. First off, inspiration is not necessarily a rationally-justified response, and it’s not obvious that this matters; the point about “inspiring” things is that they tend to induce a particular emotional response, and whether that’s rational or not is perhaps not entirely the point.
The second thing is: If you are confronted with the observation that a number of people do appear to find something inspiring, it might be more rewarding to try to understand it than to yell at them for being wrong.
On to the question you asked. There are a couple of things which make this “a symbol of LGBT rights”. First, stop and consider what the picture communicates without any information about who it is that’s kissing, whether they’re straight or gay. It’s a pretty good example of extremely-non-violent resistance; it’s a thing that communicates clearly to the protestors that their views are not particularly respected, without being the sort of disruption that allows people to complain about how they are being oppressed and silenced. So it’s a very effective way to counter-protest.
Then we find out (thanks to the magic of the Internet) that they’re straight. So what? Well, here’s the thing. In general, no matter how things should be, the reality is that minorities don’t get rights until there’s enough of the non-minority group that think they should. So if you’re a person who would like to see more support for LGBT rights, it might please you to see straight people very directly confronting anti-LGBT groups.
Finally, last but not least: Most people find kissing someone of a type they’re not attracted to sort of unpleasant or disturbing. The exact degree varies, but a lot of people find it pretty upsetting. So there is a certain perception that this is not merely people sticking up for other people, but doing something personally inconvenient or unpleasant in order to do so, and that is pretty cool.
go fuck yourselves
everyone who thinks this picture is RADIKEWL or INSPIRING
can just go fuck themselves
So when did you become the arbiter of ways in which it is acceptable for other people to feel about things? And what made you the world’s number one unchallangeable authority on the topic of what is legitimately inspiring?
Finally, I have to ask something. When I clicked on the link that got to this post to reblog it, I noticed that your about-me section describes you as pretty clearly in favor of LGBT rights, presumably including basic respect and such. And it also lists World of Warcraft as one of the things you like. Seriously? You care about LGBT issues enough to complain about the incorrectness of people who think it’s inspiring or cool to see people confronting anti-gay protestors, and you’re supporting Blizzard?
When I look for companies to support, companies that play homophobic videos at their conferences, and have to be yelled at repeatedly to offer an apology, explaining that none of them realized that derogatory anti-gay slurs might offend people if they were “in fun” do not rise high on my list. Post-merger Blizzard has built up a really solid track record of not merely condoning gay-bashing and homophobic behavior, but directly endorsing it, and backing down at all only under pressure. A company that only pretends to care about an issue when confronted with media coverage is a company that does not actually care. (Furthermore, the fairly constant flood of gay-bashing one sees in-game? The WoW community likes to claim that all games are like that, but it’s not true; I’ve never seen another MMO in which slurs and epithets about gays are anywhere near that common.)
no guys, i want more like this.
i want every woman on Earth to be able to smile and freely kiss every other woman because kissing is wonderful.
i want straight girls to kiss. i want gay guys to kiss, and have kids who kiss whoever they want. i want straight couples to have gay kids who kiss straight kids who don’t mind, and i want them all to wear rainbows and go to PFLAG meetings. i want little boys to wear fuschia nail polish to protest gender roles and i want little girls to wear fuschia nail polish and hold hands with those little boys, and i want that to become so revolutionary it wraps back around to boring and normal.
i want backup from every normative group that exists. i want gay lips to touch straight lips and straight lips to touch trans lips and other straight lips and lips that don’t know what the fuck they are. i want this to happen everywhere, in public, on trains, at school, in locker rooms, at weddings and soccer games. that’s how i want to change the world—by misbehaving. they say straight people do it like THIS, do it like THAT instead just to prove a point. don’t toe the binary line, scrub it out. Desecrate it. Kiss it to death.
if you’re an ally who’s outraged by a kiss because the lips involved do not belong to a group you want to see kissing, you’re doing it wrong.