The INSIDER Summary:
- Nick Cardello and Kurt English have been together for 25 years.
- They recreated a photo of themselves marching for LGBTQ+ rights in 1993.
- The photos went viral.
Nick Cardello and Kurt English met at church 25 years ago and have been together ever since. They were legally married in 2008 in Boston, and then again in their home state of Florida when same-sex marriage became legal in 2015.
In 1993, they marched for LGBTQ+ rights on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and snapped an affectionate picture together. When they returned this year to participate in the Equality March for Unity and Pride, a friend suggested they recreate the photo 24 years later.
Cardello shared the two pictures on Facebook.
Then friends began to see them appearing on other platforms. A tweet by @tagyourheathen with the sarcastic caption “it’s just a phase” went viral on Twitter.
”it’s just a phase” pic.twitter.com/WlkgiHDnh9
— mh (@tagyourheathen) June 18, 2017
The couple told the New York Daily News that they’ve been moved to tears by the outpouring of love in the internet’s response.
This is so necessary. For young gays to see old gays happy, in love, and proud. Thank you for giving me a bit of hope for the future
— Quinn (@intelfrog) June 19, 2017
They’ve been marching for so long they actually witnessed gay marriage being legalized in all states pic.twitter.com/nOwlSGg1OH
— ً (@Durrrah) June 19, 2017
I used to be intensely homophobic, then I grew up and realized love is love. I’m not homosexual, but I will stand up for anyone who is.
— Mike Something (@SlaveToBoredom) June 19, 2017
Ha! They thought that about us. 24 years later we are still laughing pic.twitter.com/hfy2TEXwfq
— Paul Gilluley (@PGilluley) June 20, 2017
“People need to see same sex couples just being couples — those images are missing from the media,” Cardello said. “We need to get more images like this out there so the youth today can have positive role models. Suicide is a real threat to our LGBTQ youth. If one kid can find hope, that’s all that matters.”
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