To start the day …. “First Gay Hug: A Homophobic Experiment”!!


~~October 4, 2015~~ 


I find this video to be simple and very educational.

In very poignant ways it demonstrates how straight people view LGBT people.

It brings out some of the incorrect beliefs that heterosexuals may have related to gay people.

It also brings out the fact that these beliefs may be based on bible teachings.

“A hug is an international form of physical intimacy in which two people put their arms around the neck, back, or waist of one another and hold each other closely.”

(Per Wikipedia).

Bottom line, hugging a gay person doesn’t take away anything from a straight person.

As one lady said: “I’m still normal, right?”

I love hugs … getting them and giving them.

I take them from anyone I can.

And, I give good hugs back.

What about you?



‘First Hug’ video pairs up gay and homophobic strangers

Jolie Lee, USA TODAY Network, March 20, 2014

What happens when you ask a gay person and a homophobic person to hug?

First Hug” paired strangers with opposite views on sexuality to embrace each other on camera. The video was produced by The Gay Women Channel, which posts weekly videos on YouTube.

“We didn’t just want to do a spoof but do a version that had meaning behind it,” said Sarah Rotella, one of the creators of The Gay Women Channel, in an interview with USA TODAY Network.


The video is a parody of “First Kiss,” a video that asked 20 strangers to kiss, produced by clothing company Wren. “First Kiss” has inspired other spin-offs, including Tonight Show host’s Jimmy Fallon’s version with kittens and puppies.

“First Hug” begins with the strangers talking before they hug.

“Why did you ever think it was a sin?” a gay man asks a woman.

“Because it says so in the Bible,” she replies.


A man asks a gay man,” “How do you kiss another guy?

I don’t get that.”

“The same way you kiss another girl,” the man replies.

Despite different viewpoints, the pairs end up hugging it out.

“I’m still normal, you’re still normal,” one woman says.



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~First Gay Hug~

A Homophobic Experiment

(First Kiss Video Parody)

~Published on Mar 15, 2014~

First Kiss? We took it up a notch.


We ALL are ONE!!


IOTD …. “Image of the day, #282: “Happy International Kissing Day”!!


~~July 6, 2015~~~ 

A kiss is just a kiss
appreciate the humble kiss on
International Kissing Day
6 July 2015


International Kissing Day takes place on 6 July in the UK.   However, the day has now been adopted worldwide and is also known as National Kissing Day or Kissing Day.

When I think about it, the concept of a kiss is everywhere in society and has many meanings. A first kiss. A formal kiss. A passionate kiss. A kiss goodbye.

Kissing Day aims to make us appreciate a kiss in its own right.   No conventions, no social norms, just a kiss.  Across the globe we embrace the kiss by embracing someone else.

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3 Cheers for Abby Wambach and the Kiss Heard Round the World

As the media gleefully reports on the US Women’s National Team‘s incredible 5-2 victory over Japan yesterday in the World Cup final, one news story in particular caught my attention. Upon winning, Abby Wambach did what anyone would do in a moment of triumph: she ran up to her spouse Sarah Huffman for a hug and a kiss. Generally a totally normal occurrence to kiss your spouse, except in this case her spouse is another woman. The moment was heartwarming, and I watched the Vine a few times with a big grin on my face.

But it is a big deal.

It’s a big deal because it’s so rare to see a real moment of love between two married women on TV.

It’s a big deal because 20.3 million Americans tuned in to watch the final (more than the number who watched the average NBA Finals or Stanley Cup Finals game, by the way). It’s a big deal because little kids still cry when they discover that they’re gay. It’s a big deal because our nation just got full marriage equality a mere 10 days ago. It’s a big deal because 39% of the country still opposes marriage equality. It’s a big deal because public reaction to it serves as a benchmark for how far we’ve come.

Can you imagine all the hateful rhetoric that would have been spewed about it if Wambach had had this moment of celebration with her wife 8, 12, 16, etc years ago?

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A dear blogger friend taught me this concept.

You can find Michelle here:


IOTD” is image of the day, a concept I came up with. I teach visual meditative therapy – or in easy terms – a mini mental holiday. For some people it is very difficult for them to get their image right. I post an image a day for people to use in their mini mental vacay. Some are serious, some are silly, and some are just beautiful!”’


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We ALL are ONE!!