Watch: Colombians Kiss in Park in Protest After Gay Couple Accosted

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday August 1, 2022

The gay couple harassed by a group of women for kissing in public in Bogotá, Colombia
The gay couple harassed by a group of women for kissing in public in Bogotá, Colombia  (Source:TikTok)

After a group of local women in Bogotá, Colombia, accosted a gay couple for kissing in a park, other same-sex couples came out to stage a kiss-a-thon in that same park in protest.

As reported by BBC, the incident was captured on video and has since gone viral with over 600K views.

In the video, women can be heard shouting, telling the couple that "in this neighborhood we don't allow sex in the park, especially not in front of children."

"What sex?" the boys replied, trying to explain that they only kissed.

The couple was far from having sex and simply showing affection toward each other. But the women began to follow the couple from the park, shouting, with one of the women attempting to strike them with a broomstick.

To add insult to injury, one of the women also reportedly threatened the couple to leave, saying, "If you don't leave, we'll lynch you."

In response to the incident, hundreds same-sex couples took to the park to show their support for the couple. They brought rainbow flags and signs that read: "Kisses are signs of affection, not a crime."

Bogotá's first gay mayor Claudia López, condemned the incident adn wrote on Twitter that she would "fight until equality is the norm."

Although Colombia legalized same-sex marriage in 2016, homophobia is still an issue in the country with a deeply religious background.

"The couple reported the incident and the official in charge of sexual diversity in Bogotá, David Alonzo, said it was being investigated," BBC reports.