Great Nationwide Kiss In includes Erie

On Saturday, August 15, 2009, Erie PA participated in the Great Nationwide Kiss-In, which occurred on about 50 cities, mostly in the US. The local event was held on the steps of the Erie County Courthouse. 140 W 6th St, Erie PA. This was part of a nationwide reaction to three couples who had been targeted by security and/or law enforcement personnel for simply kissing in public. The event was suggested by David Mailloux and David Badash.

The total attendance here in Erie was maybe 20-24. Typically, many sites had a relatively small turnout - Denver had 25. There is/will be a photo gallery and video posted to the Erie Gay News site.

Both WJET TV 24 (ABC)and the crew for WSEE TV 35 (CBS) and WICU TV 12 stopped by to film. The Erie Times News had an article in their Monday, August 10 edition.
The LBT Women's group and the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie were particularly supportive. I simply cannot say enough good things about either group!

Even though it was small, I believe that we all felt wonderful about the experience!

Celebrate Erie was going on in Perry Square, half a block away. I think I saw a straight couple with two small children stop to look. They seemed friendly.

Great job everyone and thanks so much!

For more information about the national event and other local events, browse to www.GreatNationwideKissIn.com. For more information about Erie Gay News, browse to www.eriegaynews.com.

Photos are by Laurie Finch and Kim, with editing by Deb Spilko.

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