The best way to handle bigots is to show them love, compassion, and a juicy round of Tongue War.
During French protests of a law that would legalize gay marriage and adoption by gay couples, AFP photographer Gérard Julien captured a case of “killing them with love.”
The image, now referred to as the Marseille Kiss after the French city it was taken in, went viral on Wednesday, getting an insane amount of Retweets and Likes. The point is, people love this photo because it communicates a very real, very universal idea: LGBT people need to be treated as equals in the eyes of the law.
This photo should be in future textbooks. When kids read about how in 2012 the world still couldn’t figure out that thing called “equality,” I want this photo of two women kissing to appear with a caption like, “Even in countries like France, gays and lesbians were denied basic civil rights and treated as ‘others’ for years.”
The two girls, 17-year-old Julia and 19-year-old Auriane — who are not in fact gay — later told French LGBT website Têtu that it was, “a gesture of solidarity, pure and simple.”