“Most of [the photos] have been kind of generic, a lot of people get kind of sensitive to seeing images of gay men kissing, so I’ve always resisted posting them on social media,” Cardello explained.
This year, however, he decided it was “important for people to see that image” and said, “It’s who we are.” And last week, while they were in DC again, the couple decided to re-create that kissing photo 24 years later in the exact same location on the National Mall. Cardello said that he shared the photos on his social media soon afterwards, as it was simply a sweet moment for their relationship. But he had no idea what significance and impact the photos would have for hundreds of thousands of strangers online.
The couple started getting messages and calls from friends telling them their photos had gone viral on almost every social media platform.
LGBTQ couples face countless obstacles in life, but one of the most irritating thing is their love being labelled as “just a phase”. Nick Cardello and his husband are a testimony that it’s not and the couple has been going strong for 25 years. The 2 men, who live in Tampa, Florida, have been married since 2008, but they first met at an LGBTQ-friendly church in 1992.
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