What we can all learn from a video about two people kissing

We all know the saying “Looks are only skin deep,” but this video will make you really take that old adage to heart. Love Has No Labels is a new organization working to end discrimination and encourage all of us to treat each other with respect, and their latest PSA couldn’t make that message any clearer.

The video features two people behind an X-ray screen, one taller than the other. The crowd watching the couple can only see their skeletons, but the assumption is that one of them is a man and one is a woman. The duo dance, hug, and kiss before stepping out from behind the screen and revealing that they are both women before a crowd of surprised onlookers.

“Love has no gender” reads a sign on the screen as the couple proudly stands before it. Soon more couples demonstrate the power of our assumptions and the need to question them, by kissing or dancing behind the giant X-ray screen as skeletons and then emerging to reveal messages like “Love has no race”  and “Love has no disability.” By showing that everyone – EVERYONE – looks the same “underneath,” Love Has No Labels challenges us all to rethink our preconceived notions of love in a very real way.

In a statement underneath the video post to YouTube on Monday, LHNL raises the important issue of “implicit bias” which they explain, is a kind of “subconscious prejudice” we don’t even realize we have. But if we’re not vigilant, our tendencies to make “snap judgements” about people— based on race, age, gender, religion, sexuality or disability—”has profound implications for how we view and interact with others who are different from us.”

“It can hinder a person’s ability to find a job, secure a loan, rent an apartment, or get a fair trial, perpetuating disparities in American society,” the statement continues. “The Love Has No Labels campaign challenges us to open our eyes to our bias and prejudice and work to stop it in ourselves, our friends, our families, and our colleagues.”

Since the video was first released earlier this week, it has been seen by over 15 million people—which is to say LHNL is definitely getting the message across. And it’s a message that speaks to—and for—all of us.

(Image via Elle)

Filed Under