Straight boys kissing – and the demise of homophobia

It is ten years since anti-discrimination legislation swept across Europe. The legislation was a response to social change, and the legislation further advanced that social change.

Since then, a whole generation of young people has come of age. They have done so in a society where homophobia is no longer mainstream but is totally marginalised. They have come of age regarding homophobia as a bizarre affliction – if they encounter it at all.

For their parents’ generation, it lingers: the UK has adopted the continental kiss of greeting over the last couple of decades; women kiss women, men kiss women, women kiss men – but two men still shake hands. Imagine that list with homophobia removed – and straight boys kiss.

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