Courage and the Great Nationwide Kissin

Posted on August 15, 2009. Filed under: Courageous, Thumbs up, What our children can teach us, When you know someone who is gay | Tags: , , |

“You just have to find the courage within to do what you want to do.” – Alex Oxford

Copied from CreativeLoafing.Com, today’s hero is 17 year old Alex Oxford. Alex Oxford, a senior at Marietta’s Wheeler High School, was inspired by the actions of gay rights bloggers David Badash and David Mailloux, who organized the national event.

Alex, you are my kind of young man and hero. I would be proud to have you for my son.

He was also moved to action after other cities started signing on to take part.

“After two or three weeks, [the Great Nationwide Kiss-In] spread across the country to people who were willing to devote some time, effort and a bit of money to the cause, so I just saw it and said, ‘Well, why don’t we have one in Atlanta?  I can do this,’” Oxford says. “So I started the website and started making some fliers and telling friends, and it all took off from there.”

Reaction to the event has been swift over the last few weeks, but not all of it positive.

“At school, the reaction has been, well, I’m just doing the protest because I’m the regular faggot kid. But they can say whatever they want; I’ve still got my friends. All of my friends are attending, and they totally support everything.”

Oxford doesn’t come across as angry or bitter, though. He speaks in calm, thoughtful tones about what he hopes will be accomplished with the Kiss-In: “Hopefully, people see it for what it is and talk about it among themselves and hopefully reach more accepting conclusions about the LGBT community.”

Oxford also wanted to make clear that straight couples are invited to take part in the Kiss-In to show their support.

“I definitely want to see members of the community, particularly younger ones, stepping up to the plate and organizing events, whether it be at their school or college or even just talking with their friends about gay issues and being the impetus for that,” says Oxford.

“You just have to find the courage within to do what you want to do.”


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