The photo below of a same-sex couple, was taken one year apart. Now, it’s going viral.
Melanie Roy shared the photo on her Instagram account after a trip to Miami a few months ago. The first one was taken in January 2014, which shows her wife Vanessa flaunting her belly in a bikini. The second one was taken last January 2015 on the same beach. However, this time, Melanie is pregnant.
The photo was uploaded on Instagram without any reasons. But, a Brazilian LGBT advocacy group took notice and posted it on its Facebook page on April 16. Since then, it started getting the attention of netizens. Now, it has more than 163,000 likes and over 21,000 shares.
“I found it’s beautiful. I am evangelical and know what is in the Bible and I also know that every one should take care of your life and only God to judge. Who are we to say what is right or wrong,” a Facebook user commented.
Another user on Instagram expressed his opinion saying, “I am heterosexual woman happily married to a man with two beautiful boys. The reason I even mention these facts is so you know that you not only the hearts and lives of gay couples, but you inspire EVERYONE”.
According to Roy, “People are saying the picture has helped them realize that both partners in their relationship want to carry a child, or that they don’t need to be so hidden about their relationship”.
“In a lesbian relationship, there is usually one person who is more boyish and one who is more feminine. I think this photo is getting noticed because the boyish one – that’s me – still wanted to carry a child and go through a whole pregnancy, which is a very feminine thing”, she added.
Melanie, on the other hand, told NBC News, “We are extremely grateful for all the positive support we have been receiving. Our hearts are filled with joy because we have influenced so many people. We would never imagined that a single picture of ours could make such a difference”.
Roy is just happy that her photo has acquired so much attention. This is what she had to say about it:
“I’m hoping it will shine a light on our relationships a little better. People see it as a boyish girl and girly girl, but we’re both women and this is what a woman’s body does. If there is a couple out there and they aren’t sure if they should both carry, maybe this will help them make up their minds.”
Now the couple uses their social media accounts to share photos of their adorable children. Here are some:
•happy mother's day• to you my beautiful soul, I don't know how you do it. you raise this family with such pride. you give all your attention to these miracle babies while still having time to workout, shower, and do your hair. no really … how do you do it? we are so lucky to have you in our lives. all three of us cherish you endlessly. we love you mommy! #theroys #jaxizzoroy
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