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There was more shouting than smooching at the Queer Liberation Army's Valentine's Day Kiss-In outside the Burlington Town Center on Church Street Monday afternoon. Led by "queerleaders" wearing pink boas and waving pom-poms, two dozen or so mostly young activists chanted slogans such as "We're here, we're queer, we're not going shopping!" Pointing to a counter-demonstrator carrying a sign reading "Queers + Meth = AIDS = Death," one activist explained to some young girls she'd brought along, "That man is a homophobe. H-O-M-O-P-H-O-B-E." The Burlington-based QLA formed the day after November's presidential election, and has previously protested the Iraq war and participated in a counter-inauguration. Announcements of Monday's action stated, "The majority of Americans are left out of the 'heterosexual' dream of romance," and urged people to "turn out to display what love really is." When that display finally occurred, the young girls wrinkled their noses and said, "Eeww. Kissing."