May 17 of every year is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). And what way do we as the LGBTQI community combat hate? By spreading love! On IDAHOTB that love is expressed with a kiss-in.
IDAHOTB was created with the goal to combat LGBTQI violence and discrimination with awareness. IDAHOTB was conceived in 2004 and a yearlong campaigned pursued to bring attention to the occasion.
By 2005, the stage was set and people all around the globe observed the occasion. Since then IDAHOTB has been celebrated every year in a continuous effort to bring attention to LGBTQI discrimination and violence.
As the day received more and more attention each year, compounded with the #LoveWins movement, a new tradition was birth to commemorate IDAHOTB, Kiss -ins.
A kiss-in is a public display of compassion, love, and strength wrapped all-in-one. Groups of people get together and kiss to show compassion and solidarity for one another.
What makes kiss-ins so powerful and uplifting is that the many kisses aren’t just shared by same-gender individuals. The affectionate gesture is shared between both gay and straight (and all sexual orientations) individuals.
In a kiss-in, you can witness same-gender allies embrace and give a smooch to a friend or loved ones in a display of compassion and solidarity. The intention of a kiss-in is to show humanity and love for your fellow man.
There’s no special formula to it, there’s no special time of day or any particular place. Mexico City, Paris, and Sao Paulo all have scheduled kiss-ins prepared for Thursday, May 17, 2018.
Become part of the tradition and plan your kiss-in with your friends and loved ones. To adhere to the intent of a kiss-in, make it a public affair by sharing your kiss-in on one or all of your social media platforms.
Pucker up and give the gift of a kiss today for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.