On Aug. 15, LGBT and straight ally community members will join with a legion of gay-supportive Americans and stage a kiss-in at Charlotte’s Freedom Park for the Great Nationwide Kiss-In.

Organized by bloggers David Badash and David Mailloux, the Great Nationwide Kiss-In is a national response to the arrest and detainment of two gay men after they were found sharing a kiss on private property owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“We are two bloggers…who believe that any person anywhere should be able to kiss whomever they want, whenever they want,” Badash and Mailloux wrote on the Facebook event page. “We both believe that there’s not enough love and affection in the world, because most people are afraid to show it. We should never be afraid of brief, unimposing displays of affection. There is nothing wrong with a hug, a kiss on the mouth, a kiss on the cheek.”

Charlotte’s event, organized by Mitchell Killman, will be held at 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at Freedom Park near 1900 East Blvd. For more information on the event, visit the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122444044602 or email Killman at mitchellkillman@gmail.com. Click here for a map to the park.

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Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.