Gay kiss-a-thon forced Six Flags to drop its anti-kissing policy

Gay kiss-a-thon forced Six Flags to drop its anti-kissing policy

LGBTQ activists and allies got the Six Flags amusement park in Mexico City, Mexico to drop its policy against “affectionate behavior” by holding a kiss-a-thon in protest.

The protest was in support of a gay couple who were harassed by park security guards on December 29 for kissing while waiting in line for a ride.

Though the couple wasn’t kicked out of the park, a witness pointed out that straight couples had also been kissing in line. The gay couple suspected that the guards had targeted them because they are gay.

“[The park director] told us that in general all displays of affection were prohibited and that it was in the regulations, we reviewed the regulations with him and that paragraph does not appear,” a friend of the couple wrote via Twitter.

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“They also pointed us out, took us out of line, and threatened to take us out of the park for not complying with the ‘family environment’ rule.”

A Twitter user named Matt Bernstein pointed out that even Six Flags’ ads in Mexico have featured straight couples kissing.

“There was never a policy that states you can’t kiss at six flags. Y’all made that up to do damage control after kicking out a gay couple because they made you uncomfortable,” Bernstein wrote.

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The organizers of the kiss-in encouraged people to make out while applauding and celebrating love and affection.

“I think that this event creates consciousness,” said Androx Bondage, a drag performer who attended the protest.

“We are in the 21st century, and I think it’s foolish that today there are still people who discriminate and can be homophobic towards gay people,” Bondage added. “I believe we are an open-minded generation and there shouldn’t be a place for that mentality today.”

In a statement, Six Flags said its policy “discouraging visitors from becoming too affectionate” was an attempt to “maintain a family atmosphere.”

“However, in accordance with our visitors’ comments, we have decided that a policy referring to affectionate behavior is not necessary and we have eliminated it,” the park wrote.

The park added that it would be meeting with “a commission of the LGBT+ community” and city authorities to “work to move forward.”

“Homophobia is not a ‘misunderstanding,’” Alex Orué, director of It Gets Better Mexico, wrote on Twitter. “To overcome what happened… will require transparent and tangible actions in favor of the LGBT+ community.”

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2022/01/gay-kiss-thon-forced-six-flags-drop-homophobic-anti-kissing-policy/

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