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Reframing Valentine’s Day for Queers

February 14th, Valentine’s Day.

A day where love is celebrated on a big scale with teddy bears, chocolates, Hallmark cards, romantic dates and mainly straight couples looking lovingly into each other’s eyes as they hold up glasses of expensive Prosecco.

For the LGBTQ+ community, we have always been on the fringe of this holiday. Although in recent years, there’s more than two same sex Valentine cards to choose from, it has never felt like our holiday.

So, let’s claim it, reframe it and call it our own.

Here’s some of my ideas:

Celebrate Valentine’s Day however, we should call it Queertine’s Day and celebrate it in our own Queer way.

We are colouring outside the lines here so heteronormative norms will not apply.

Let’s break the Valentine’s Day traditions and create new Queertine’s Day ones.

Queertine’s Day is not just for couples and romance, it is for every single person on the planet who identifies as queer.

Buy and gift the traditional cards, chocolates and teddy bears, if you must.

However, Queertine’s Day gifts can be as queer as you fancy. The queerer the better.

Use your imagination and who knows, over time they may become traditional Queertine’s Day gifts.

Queertine’s Day will be celebrated inclusively and equally for singles, couples, groups and as a community.

Let’s save the date.

February 14th, Queertine’s Day 2022.

Across Rainbows will host the first Queertine’s Day party.

All are welcome.

Let's light up the community.


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