As a social experiment, two gay men held hands in the streets of Portugal

A social experiment yields positive results in Lisbon.

A social experiment yields positive results in Lisbon.

A social experiment yields positive results in Lisbon.

A social experiment yields positive results in Lisbon.

Today we told you about two men who, as a social experiment, walked through the streets of Jerusalem while holding hands. Gauging the level of homophobia, they yielded similar results to men who’ve attempted the experiment in Moscow and Russia: a barrage of nasty slurs and stares, insults, and threats.

The same experiment was recently attempted in Portugal, and this time the results are far more encouraging. Walking through Lisbon hand in hand for three days, gay couple Lorenzo and Pedro received a few curious stares but overwhelming encouragement — so much so that they ventured to kiss several times.

“To be honest, we actually don’t walk together holding hands together in public. Don’t ask us why, because maybe we’re a little bit frightened? But to be honest, after filming this video, we felt respected and free. We’re so proud of our city.”

Check out the video below:

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