If his father is to be believed, terrorist Omar Mateen wasn’t driven by fundamentalist zeal or any kind of religious ideology when he murdered fifty people and wounded dozens of others at a gay club in Orlando early Sunday morning.
Instead, his actions were a direct response to his disgust and discomfort upon witnessing two gay men kissing in downtown Miami several months back.
In light of this revelation, social media channels have been lighting up with hundreds of photos of men and women engaged in lip locks with members of their same sex. These hashtag campaigns– #TwoMenKissing and #TwoWomenKissing — are a direct response to the attacker’s motivations, and a strong antidote to the legions of right-wing bigots and terroristic trolls taking to Twitter to excitedly praise Mateen’s actions. (Thought Catalog does a troubling roundup of such messages here.)
We’ll be presenting several of the hundreds of photographs being shared on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram throughout the week.
Here’s the first collection:
— Arthus Nicolas (@arthusandnico) June 13, 2016
— Skye Joseph Bartlett (@one_last_look) June 13, 2016
— Theo Bleckmann (@Theo_Bleckmann) June 13, 2016
— Grant Morrow (@RealGrantMorrow) June 13, 2016
— Jon Collins (@jeezjon) June 13, 2016
Time for a concealed permit. pic.twitter.com/x4lcteDDwT
— Atheist Fag w/a Gun (@fag_gun) June 13, 2016
— Stephen Wood (@StephenWood_UK) June 13, 2016
— pauline hillier OlO (@pauline_hillier) June 13, 2016
— Walter Wittich (@WalterWittich) June 13, 2016
— TamaraMableyChaisson (@tamarajai) June 13, 2016
— LDH (@Dawn_One) June 13, 2016
— Tony Clements (@tonebobb) June 12, 2016
— Carl Fearn (@carljfearn) June 13, 2016
— Dark Entries Records (@darkentriesrecs) June 12, 2016
— Corinne M. REALTOR (@RECorinne) June 13, 2016
— Carl Sciortino (@carlsciortino) June 13, 2016
— Justine Cross (@Justineplays) June 12, 2016
— Wouter S van Dijke (@WoutervD) June 13, 2016