Actor and musician John Barrowman has been widely praised for what has become a very famous gay kiss at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
Barrowman grabbed the head of another man during the ceremony and gave him a long, big kiss on the lips.
The Doctor Who actor kissed his male "bride" at a mock Gretna Green scene during the ceremony which was held at Celtic Park in Glasgow.
The gay kiss was very well received on social media and has been hailed as sending a positive message to the other Commonwealth nations.
The act was reported to be a direct and pointed move aimed at challenging the anti-homosexual legislation in 42 of the 53 Commonwealth countries represented at the Games in Scotland.
Barrowman proceeded to retweet a wide range of both positive and negative reactions to the kiss on his Twitter feed before making a comment himself.
"I am retwtin the neg because I want u all to see how bitter and Nasty and Neg some people r:) I am so happy right now. Jb [sic]."
He went on to make clear his happiness and pride at Scotland and the ceremony in general.
"I'm Scottish and u can never take that away no matter what your politics are. Bitterness makes u ugly and old very fast:) happy jb," he tweeted.
Many on social media pointed to the political significance of the kiss with it receiving an overwhelmingly positive reaction.
Nice touch with this kiss there by John Barrowman. Taking aim at 42 of the 53 competing nations that criminalise homosexuality #Glasgow2014
— Graham Love (@GLove39) July 23, 2014
Congratulations to John Barrowman, whose gay kiss in front of homophobic Commonwealth representatives deserves a gold! — Michael Arditti (@michaelarditti) July 24, 2014
— Ant Stone (@TrailofAnts) July 23, 2014
It came after Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called for greater protection for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around the globe on a visit to the city's newly opened Pride House.
"The Commonwealth core values and principles which all Commonwealth countries sign up to are clear," Clegg said.
"They say that 'We are committed to equality and respect for the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights'.
"Yet almost 80 per cent of Commonwealth countries that are represented here in Glasgow this week criminalise homosexuality in some way."
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