Fighting Back Again: Queer Solidarity Kiss-In in Response to Montreal Bashing, Montreal and Toronto, January 29, 2005Monday, July 26 2010
In Toronto: Northeast corner of Bloor and Yonge, Saturday, January 29th @ 1:00 p.m. See below for info on Montreal.
On Friday, January 21st at about 4:15 p.m., two lesbians who had been walking hand in hand at Mont-Royal were stopped at the corner waiting to head north on Saint Denis. Just before the light changed they stepped towards each other to steal a quick kiss before crossing the street, when from out of nowhere someone smashed the back of one of their heads with such force that it rammed into the head of the other in a head butt, leaving both girls stunned and confused. One was left with split skin on her forehead and a painful bump while the other, not as fortunate, was left with a broken nose. Over the noise of the gathering crowd they could hear each other asking what had happened, each realizing but not wanting to say "we’ve just been gay bashed…".
These two woman, rather than just sitting back and taking it, are asking for support in getting the word out and reminding people that gay bashing still happens. This seems especially pertinent at a time when an alternative lifestyles might be given equality at the alter in the near future… but wait, aren’t we getting ahead of ourselves… when kissing in the street still isn’t safe?
So come one, come all, bring a sign, bring your lips and someone else’s, let’s kick some homophobic ass and partake in a good old fashion "kiss-in" in solidarity with the Montreal Take Back The Corner "Kiss-In" demonstration. Don’t have anyone to kiss? Come anyway and show your support.
Why: ’Cause this kind of thing is still happening!
Where: Northeast Corner of Bloor and Yonge Saturday January 29th @ 1:00 p.m.
For more information on the kiss-ins in Montreal and Toronto: