PDA okay, unless you’re gay

Lesbians holding handsBY STEVE WILLIAMS

Public displays of affection (PDAs) — okay for straight people but not LGBTs? You could be forgiven for thinking that after glancing at the news recently. One gay couple, Daniel Chesmore, 21, and Jose Juzman, 24, say they were humiliated at the Westfield Galleria in Roseville, California, on Saturday March 2, when they were reprimanded for an innocent kiss. A young lesbian couple in Texas had a Valentine’s yearbook photo of them holding one another cut from the book.

Repeatedly we have seen LGBTs being held to a different standard of propriety when it comes to public displays of affection, and it is time this sly anti-gay discrimination is curtailed because it trades on the notion that anything LGBT is by virtue a purely sexual act whereas the heterosexual kiss, operating as the norm, is automatically judged to be inoffensive and wholesome. Anyone who has ever had the displeasure to see straight teenagers hoovering each other’s faces unchallenged can attest this is not necessarily so…

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