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Because sucking face in public tends to get a bad rap. Let me start by disclosing that I get it. Before I met my boyfriend Brad, I suffered chronic singledom at a dangerous, red-warning-alert Bridget Jones-level. Not only was I unable to find a boyfriend, but I appeared to lack the inherent social competence long considered pre-requisite to most second dates.
Instead, I tried to epitomise the elusive power of one. I made the most of my weekends. I ate out and I slept in.
Public displays of affection for couples in the lgbti community have evolved into public displays of affirmation. as samuel leighton-dore explains, there are many reasons why this should be celebrated and encouraged.
I read good books and I developed bad vices. I lived for quiet Sunday mornings alone, free of the painful hangovers I so blindly associated with friends, fun, and lovers. And yes, whether it was born from envy or a genuine repulsion of young love, the sight killed me ever so softly.
According to self-professed etiquette expert Debby Mayne of etiquette. But for those like me who were stuck in the audience? However, given my acute social anxiety and fear of confrontation, this scenario was never really an option.
So I did what any passive-aggressive, skim cappuccino Casanova would do. I quietly dealt with it.
Let me explain. I still remember the first time I witnessed a same-sex kiss. I was 13 and sitting in my family lounge room at 6. Cue both a beautifully profound personal revelation and swift national outrage. One year later, as I sat nervously alongside my father in the back row of Dendy Newtown, Brokeback Mountain re-enforced this startling concept: sometimes boys kiss boys.
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My insides eroded into a hot mess of butterflies as I felt my world being slowly pried open. It must come before that. It must be foundational.
But why? And every time an impressionable young person sees a same-sex couple kissing or being otherwise affectionate in public, it helps to assemble their own balanced image of what love is. Samuel Leighton-Dore is a Sydney-based writer and director.
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