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They call it the fist bump. 

The knocking together of fists has become a common gesture for many, but for one Canadian diplomat and his partner it is an action that has come to symbolize love—love in places where openly displaying any affection isn’t the norm, let alone public affection between two men. 

“We decided it would mean, this is what we do when we want to kiss in public, but we can’t,” said one man, who we’ll call John Smith. His partner, who we’ll call Joe Allen, is a Canadian diplomat. Mr. Allen and Mr. Smith have been given pseudonyms to...

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