If you have ever attended a pro-sports game, chances are you have been “entertained” by the kiss cam between innings or quarters. For the unfamiliar, it’s that moment when camera operators turn their cameras on pairs of fans, pressuring them to kiss while the entire stadium watches.
Often times, two men become the punch line of a joke when they are framed on the screen with the word “KISS” beneath their faces.
As CNN’s John D. Sutter puts it, “For years I’ve half-jokingly told friends that we’ll know gay equality is here when same-sex couples are featured unironically on the kiss cam — when two dudes who are asked to kiss on screen actually do it and get awwwws, not laughs. I’m joking in the sense that there are far bigger issues facing LGBT people: the fact that we can be fired because of who we are in a majority of states, that LGBT kids are still far more likely to be homeless than their straight peers and, you know, marriage equality.”
Well, it seems that moment of equality has come sooner than expected at Dodgers Stadium this weekend, when an actual gay couple was featured on the stadium’s kiss cam.
Gaily Grind reader Steven Hartline shared his account of the ‘historic’ moment with us:
Either way, I’m glad I was there, as it felt historic, and was proud of the loud, enthusiastic response from the crowd. Not one person around me groaned or made derogatory remarks, and seemed genuinely pleased with the moment.
Watch below (Kiss happens at the 0:28 second mark)