By highlighting their love, the duo seeks to inspire others to be open and honest about their inclinations, as well as less judgemental.
Meet activists Nick Cardello and Kurt English, who are not only married but are showing the world what true love looks like. Twenty-five years ago, the duo attended the Equality March in Washington, D.C. and captured a romantic kiss on camera. To celebrate their anniversary — a union someone once referred to as “just a phase,” the two recently returned to the spot and recreated the special moment.
Bored Panda reports that the two men first met at an LGBTQ-friendly church in 1992 and later married in 2008. Because social media makes same-sex couples feel uncomfortable when personal affection is portrayed in photos, Cardello decided to share the image and raise awareness about the beauty of love. His message is that love is beautiful, no matter who it is between.
“That meant kissing, holding hands — these were things we kept off social media because it can make some people feel uncomfortable. I realized that this was just another closet we had to come out of,” Cardello told the New York Daily News. “We need to get more images like this out there so the youth today can have positive role models.”
Though they didn’t know what to expect upon sharing the re-created photo, they certainly weren’t prepared for the internet to become somewhat obsessed with them. Nick’s original post was shared over 24,000 times and his images have since been uploaded to a number of international websites. Commenting on the heartwarming responses they received, Cardello said, “We could never have imagined the incredible response to this that we’ve received.”
In 1993, Nick Cardello (left) and his now-husband, Kurt English (right), participated in the Equality March in Washington, D.C.
25 years later, they re-created the romantic image.
The couple met at an LGBTQ-friendly church and shared the photo for an important reason.
Someone once told them their love was “just a phase.”
They have proved them — and countless others — wrong.
For understandable reasons, their post went viral and support has flowed in:
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