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This couple’s re-created Pride photo proves love isn’t ‘just a phase’

It's 24 years strong.


Vanna Vasquez


Published Jun 20, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 2:26 am CDT

A re-created photo of a gay couple’s 1993 Pride march has become #relationshipgoals not just for the LGBTQ community, but for everyone.

Nick Cardello, 54, and Kurt English, 52, have been together for exactly 25 years, according to Buzzfeed News. And they celebrated their recent anniversary by attending the Equality March in Washington, D.C., last week.

While at the event, Cardello and English decided to re-create a photo they took 24 years prior. Cardello meant for the post to just be a sweet capsule of their relationship, but it gained new meaning for the internet.

In a tweet that was not uploaded by Cardello or English, the photo was captioned “it’s just a phase,” repurposing the homophobic advice given to teens of older generations as inspiration for today’s LGBTQ youth.

The tweet has been tweeted more than 150,000 times and is receiving a flood of support.

In an interview with the New York Daily News, Cardello said it’s rare to see the type of photo they took in the media.

“The youth needs to see that it is possible to find a loving partner and relationship that can last!”

H/T BuzzFeed News

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*First Published: Jun 20, 2017, 4:14 pm CDT