This last weekend, when husbands Steven and Rick Simone-Friedland attended the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, they had no idea that their kiss would go historically viral. But when the two puckered up and smooched for the Dodgers Stadium “kiss cam,” they got a resounding round of applause from the audience and over 1,473,681 views on YouTube.
Though they immediately agreed to participate when asked by a cameraman in the third inning, Steven told The Advocate that right before the actual kiss cam began, Steven became nervous, turning to his husband and saying, “You know, this could go badly. This could not go well.”
However, Steven said, “[When] we heard the crowd… that was really unexpected, and beautiful, and affirming.” He adds that no one gave them any guff afterwards and that a father and son congratulated them on getting the best reaction of all the kiss cam couples. “I’d like to think it’s because we’re the best-looking couple!” Steven joked in response.
The couple had a commitment ceremony in 1999, then legally wed in California in 2013.
One writer wondered whether this is a first for a Major League Baseball game. It’s great that the spectators were so accepting, especially considering that the major leagues themselves have no publicly out gay or bisexual players.
It’s also worth noting that on September 27, 2011 the Dodgers teamed up with The Trevor Project to release an “It Gets Better” video for LGBT youth saying, “It doesn’t matter what your sexual orientation or gender identity is, we all deserve respect.”