Well, the conservative media was right—the gays are taking over. October is Queer Awareness Month—QuAM, for short—and in honor, the Columbia Queer Alliance is leading all kinds of events around campus. Today’s offerings: chalking, in honor of National Coming Out Day (today!), and an all (or mostly) gay reincarnation of last year’s Big Kiss.
A little after 1 PM, a group of about 5 or 6 couples emerged from the path from Earl Hall onto Low Steps, waited for a whistle to blow to signal time, and started making out on cue. Those who has no partners, life or otherwise, made out with (read: ate) apples. Three minutes later, after the whistle blew again, the participants all walked away as if nothing had happened. All in all, by the most liberal of estimates, the event was about 10% as large as last year’s.
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The lackluster turnout for the event came as something as a surprise, considering the CQA’s email-based marketing blitz, which has been preaching the Rise of the Homonormative and instructing people to come out, both to events and to their parents, for the last few weeks. An excerpt from the last email:
Apples will be provided if you have no one to kiss. If you choose to kiss someone of the opposite sex that is ok too. But, let’s keep it as queer as possible, though, kids!
In subsequent emails, CQA offered Bwog a cigarette, ensuring us that it was cool, and that all the cool kids were, in fact, doing it. We took it because, you know…we’re open-minded.
At the same time, across the way on Low Plaza near the Sundial, those in favor of finding a cure for breast cancer could show their support by buying a cookie shaped like boobs, with profits going towards breast cancer research. Yes—cookies shaped like boobs. I guess I’ll just let that be the punch line.
Tags: CQA, Peer Pressure, QuAM, The Big Kiss