"The sad fact is, the world we live in is still a hostile place for LGBTQ+ individuals. Times are changing, though, and slowly but surely, LGBTQ+ tolerance is spreading across the country. One day, we will live in a world where being yourself is always accepted." -Donny Meacham
85% of LGBTQ+ couples are still afraid to hold hands and show affection in public.* To counter this, the Time for Love Project seeks to create safe spaces for LGBTQ+ couples to show affection in public. The Project achieves this by organizing free, public events where couples are invited to hold hands, enjoying safety in numbers. Everyone is invited to participate - LGBTQ+ couples, singles, allies, all ages. Though our roots are in Boston, MA, the Project also invites other cities around the world to start their own chapters, crafting the values and mission of the Project for their own individual cities and circumstances.
The Time for Love Project envisions a day when Boston, MA and beyond will be safe for every LGBTQ+ couple to show affection in public, without the fear of ridicule, shame or violence. As Harvey Milk once said, "If you are not personally free to be yourself in that most important of all human activities… the expression of love… then life itself loses its meaning." We see a future where every LGBTQ+ couple is empowered and emboldened to express their love for their partner in public.
NORMALIZE LGBTQ+ RELATIONSHIPS
We envision a day when LGBTQ+ couples holding hands in public will be a normal, everyday occurrence instead of something isolated and noteworthy. This will transform the feeling of holding hands from a vulnerable act of defiance to a natural act of love.
ERADICATE FEARS WITHIN THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY
By holding hands in public, LGBTQ+ couples have the chance to conquer their personal fears and cultivate a feeling of pride and self-dignity in their daily lives. No longer will couples need to feel safe in public at the cost of hiding love for their partner.
SPREAD AWARENESS TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
We seek to gain the support and sympathy of the general public, which will help us achieve our ultimate vision. We spread awareness through means such as posters, advertising, booths at Pride events and social media.
INSPIRE OTHER CITIES/PARTS OF THE WORLD TO START THEIR OWN CHAPTERS
Through our public outreach, we hope to inspire other parts of the USA and the world to start their own chapters and feel empowered to hold hands in public.