Ok everyone. There is an new online group out there called A Day in Hand
, and their effort - as far as I can tell- is in keeping with the mission of Soulforce, that is, non-violent change.
What can you do to belong to this group?
Now. I know why you don't hold hands in certain places etc etc. Fear and trembling notwithstanding, being the change we seek means taking action. And this one is simple. So very very simple
Here are two guys from Britain who are doing their part.
BRIAN PADDICK FRONTS LGBT HAND HOLDING CAMPAIGN
By Bethan Hill, Community Newswire
SOCIAL Handholding, 04 May 2009 - 09:53
A campaign is under way to promote equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people by encouraging same-sex couples to hold hands in public.
The A Day in Hand campaign, organised by a new group, also called A Day in Hand, wants people to upload pictures of same-sex hand-holding to their website, to help spread the word and raise awareness.
It has received backing from a number of public figures, including human rights activists Peter Tatchell and Cleve Jones, who was also aide to Harvey Milk, while I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here star Brian Paddick appears in a photo shoot for the campaign.
The photos are being used to create a same-sex love map of the world. London is currently the same-sex hand-holding hotspot of the world, with more couples in the city uploading their photos than anywhere else.
The group is now keen for people across the UK to get involved and send in their photos.
David Watkins, the group's founder, said: "Hand holding is a simple, liberating gesture that is essential to our communities' health, visibility, and respect."
The group is keen to stress that the campaign is a silent one. Same sex hand holding or "sshh" is something which anyone can contribute to at any time without a fight.
Organisers are encouraging straight people to get involved in the project too. David Watkins said: "We want straight people to hold hands with someone of the same gender in public, and describe how it made them feel.
"This is an inclusive event and involving straight people will support a wider understanding of this issue. You don't have to be gay to object to homophobia and inequality. Hand-holding crosses gender, age, orientation and geographical borders.
"We want to show that LGBT people are relevant to everyone, and that we live and breathe in all communities."
The campaign will officially launch on May 17 at XXL Club, London Bridge, on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). Hand-holding photos will be on sale and also displayed in a gallery.