Hockey fans erupted into excited screams at the Kings-Leafs game in LA when they caught the first-ever gay kiss on the NHL Kiss Cam. This comes after Dodgers’ fans got treated to the first gay kiss on a Major League Baseball Kiss Cam last year. And if social media reactions to the same-sex kiss at the NHL game are any indication, it looks like we could see a lot more gender diversity on sports Kiss Cams — basketball and football fans, we’re looking to you next!
Toronto native Brad Parr and his partner, Andy Evans, were caught smooching on camera at the Staples Center for the Kings-Leafs game.
Evans tweeted his excitement to be part of this history-making moment. Since then, others have taken to Twitter to show their support and express their thoughts about the kiss. Take a look:
— Andy Evans (@Andyevans333) January 10, 2016
Some doubted the moment would ever happen
Seriously, though… It’s 2016. How have we not had a gay Kiss Cam moment at an NHL game?
@dikpose …Cut to 3 secs later and it's a gay couple making out. Way to go LA Kings.
— Dik Pose (@dikpose) January 8, 2016
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Others feel the Kiss Cam is embarrassing but that it’s about time
While sometimes it’s totally icky to feel pressured to kiss the person beside you on a Kiss Cam, everyone can agree that at least gay couples are getting a chance to share in the discomfort now!
Kiss-cam is a stupid and potentially embarrassing gimmick, but including gay couples is long overdue https://t.co/F5dAx8fkaC
— Nick Martin (@NickMartin14) January 12, 2016
As a gay person and an NBA fan, it's about time. (Also can we PLEASE end the kiss cam? So gross and uncomfy.) https://t.co/vIwpgPHroh
— l r 🏳️🌈 (@ellllarrrr) December 15, 2015
Many view the kiss as a sign that times are changing
While 10 years ago Canada became the fourth country ever to legalize gay marriage, there’s still a long road ahead. Namely, it’s time to challenge small-minded perceptions about homosexuality that still exist. And this Kiss Cam moment is a great step.
Progress! Hear the cheers for the first gay kiss on Kiss Cam. A first in NHL history.
LA Kings vs Maple Leafs Game. pic.twitter.com/ngEJnqqqif
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) January 9, 2016
— Greg Amiel (@GdotAmiel) January 12, 2016
Some find inspiration to keep breaking through boundaries
Gay couples today, polyamorous triads tomorrow, right? We’ve kicked off 2016 on a good foot, so let’s see what else this year has in store!
— OurPolyLife 🏳️🌈 (@OurPolyLife) January 12, 2016
Many sharing in the love
The warm, fuzzy feeling you get from watching this shared moment of love has proven to be totally contagious, as people share in the couple’s happiness on Twitter.
— Kimmik Street (@kimmikstreet) January 12, 2016
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