So I saw 2 guys walking hand in hand...

  • Nayro

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    Mar 29, 2012 10:06 AM GMT
    So last weekend I was in the city centre cause there was a market. It was very crowded and there was lots to do. All of the sudden I see two gay guys walking hand in hand, pretty obvious as they wore clothes that made them stand out. I was looking around to see if other people saw it as well and wanted to see their reaction to it. None.. No reaction at all. Things like that make me proud of my country. They aren't even paying attention to it anymore because it's becoming so normal here. Now only the rest of the world to go! icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 29, 2012 1:06 PM GMT
    They're courageous. I can't wait for the day when men (gay or straight) in America can walk hand-in-hand and not worry about getting their heads bashed. There are countries beyond the U.S. border where it's normal for men to hold hands while walking..
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    Mar 29, 2012 2:13 PM GMT
    Everyone in the Netherlands is too stoned to notice what other people are doing. icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 29, 2012 2:40 PM GMT
    There are places in America where you can do that. My boyfriend and I walk around NYC hand-in-hand all the time.

    But before the commenters go mad - I am aware that NYC doesn't really represent a fair cross section of American culture, and I count myself as lucky on a daily basis that I get to live in such an open community of people.

    This being said, there are also parts of NYC where I might think twice about it, so I guess it's not a perfect world yet ;)
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    Mar 29, 2012 2:44 PM GMT
    I saw two twinks holding hands on the boardwalk in Seaside (where Jersey Shore is filmed). That's a very straight, very macho place. They looked terrified but they were doing it. My (straight) brother-out-law gave them the thumbs-up and they smiled.
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    Mar 29, 2012 2:46 PM GMT
    My boyfriend and I would engage in some light PDA, but it's hardly courageous because nobody in Sweden seems to give a shit.
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    Mar 29, 2012 2:55 PM GMT
    swimboysa saidThere are places in America where you can do that. My boyfriend and I walk around NYC hand-in-hand all the time.

    But before the commenters go mad - I am aware that NYC doesn't really represent a fair cross section of American culture, and I count myself as lucky on a daily basis that I get to live in such an open community of people.

    This being said, there are also parts of NYC where I might think twice about it, so I guess it's not a perfect world yet ;)

    Naturally I can mention my own Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale, and South Beach in Florida. As you say, not representative of all the US (and some of our own gay malcontents here call such places a "gay ghetto" out of spite I think), but they do serve a purpose.

    This is a big tourist area, and so lots of straights, both our own local and visitors from all over the US, get to see and perhaps "normalize" gay & lesbian PDAs. No doubt some right-wingers are inspired to be even more anti-gay by it, but I think other more reasonable people will learn to accept us, and what we do, by having more exposure to PDAs. I know I sure don't deny them to anyone's observation around here! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 29, 2012 3:22 PM GMT
    Here in California, my s.o. and I occasionally hold hands in public - and I'm talking about the more enlightened areas, such as San Francisco, the Peninsula, the Napa Valley, Carmel - Pebble Beach. We wouldn't do this in places like Fresno, Modesto, Stockton, Bakersfield...........come to think of it, we have no reason to even go to to places like those. Seriously, it is good to see that we gays are becoming main stream in the enlightened parts of the world. Even still, we don't go overboard about PDA...........just as straights shouldn't either.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 29, 2012 3:29 PM GMT
    I've seen two guys walking "hand in hand" on the street of downtown Council Grove, KS before. Yeah, it was a doubletake.
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    Mar 29, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidEven still, we don't go overboard about PDA...........just as straights shouldn't either.

    That's the rule of thumb we use, too. If it's something a straight couple can do in public, then we will, too. If it's something they shouldn't do, then neither will we. One set of rules for all people, independent of sexual orientation.
  • Import

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    Mar 29, 2012 3:35 PM GMT
    I've seen gay dudes all over America hold hands while out in Public......

    since when has it been a big deal? icon_confused.gif

    I'm not talking NYC and San Fran either..

    I've been gays hold hands in florida, pennsylvania, california, NY, NJ, even Texas....

    didn't seem to matter at all.
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    Mar 29, 2012 3:54 PM GMT
    I hugged and kissed an RJ'er right here in the tiny little village of CaCa Grande, in the courtyard of my apt complex.

    Nobody gave a fuck.
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    Mar 29, 2012 3:57 PM GMT
    DOMINUS saidThey're courageous. I can't wait for the day when men (gay or straight) in America can walk hand-in-hand and not worry about getting their heads bashed. There are countries beyond the U.S. border where it's normal for men to hold hands while walking..


    Really me and my boyfriend do it everyday. We do here in Boston and I did it in NJ
  • Nayro

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    Mar 29, 2012 4:24 PM GMT
    Import saidI've seen gay dudes all over America hold hands while out in Public......

    since when has it been a big deal? icon_confused.gif

    I'm not talking NYC and San Fran either..

    I've been gays hold hands in florida, pennsylvania, california, NY, NJ, even Texas....

    didn't seem to matter at all.


    Its not a big deal, just that no1 cared is nice ;)
  • Iakona

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    Mar 29, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    I love walking hand in hand with my husband.... We were working on cruise ships and traveled around the world, and in every country we would hold hands....The only place we had issues or did not even want to take the risk was Jamaica, Africa, Grand Cayman (we were told by a concerned nice lady that the people there were very religious and do not react kindly to it), and Russia....we had reactions from the Russians, but we didn't understand what they were saying, so we ignored them.

    In Toronto we rarely get any reaction at all.... it's nice to live in a country where it has become part of the norm....