Thursday, Feb. 14 – Fifth Annual Human Heart: An Outright Love-In
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Valentine’s Day is this week, so it’s OK if we get a little sentimental in this space, right? Let’s start with a love story: Five years ago, an Orlando woman wanted to do something special for the love of her life. What she really wanted to do was legally marry her partner, but since they are both women, the state of Florida wasn’t going to have that. That Valentine’s Day in 2009 had been preceded by some seriously anti-LGBT efforts – Amendment 2 here in Florida and Prop 8 in California both defined marriage as man-woman only – and the anger and frustration was palpable. The woman decided to gather a group of “hearticipants” to link arms and form a giant heart shape, as a visual way to express support for human rights, LGBTQ justice and equality – not to mention, it was a good way to promote some healing after the legislative defeats as well as a pretty damn romantic gesture for her partner. This Valentine’s Day is the fifth time these two women have organized the Human Heart: An Outright Love-In, and homos, heteros, singles and families are encouraged to “pause for a moment to look past the work and the fight to remember what it’s all for and what we all have in common
love.” It’ll start out in daylight, but as the sun sets, all of the participants will light candles and hold them high, creating a huge, flaming heart. We tend to not get all warm and fuzzy about Valentine’s Day events, but we’ll make an exception for this one. – Erin Sullivan
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