The internet has fallen in love with a couple who recreated their Pride March photo


Twenty-four years later, Nicholas Cardello and Kurt English are still in love and proud.

The married couple went viral this week when they shared side-by-side photographs, shot more than two decades apart at Washington, D.C.'s LGBTQ march.

Image: Nicholas Cardello

Nicholas, on the left, told Mashable that the first photo was taken at the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation in 1993 when he and Kurt rallied alongside 1 million other people.

Based on a friend's suggestion, the couple recreated the photo this year at the Equality March for Unity & Pride. And it's pretty apparent that the love between Nicholas and Kurt is still strong as ever.

Ever since the photo was first posted on Reddit two days ago, thousands of people have been awestruck by the cuteness.

Nicholas and Kurt first met in 1992, a year before they posed for the first photo. Online commenters commended the couple on maintaining a strong relationship for 25 years — Nicholas is impressed too, saying, "the structure of our society is set up to pull us apart!"

The couple, who married in Boston in 2008, wants "to promote positive change in society" and feel it's important to boost LGBTQ representation by participating in Pride events annually.

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It's clear that a lot has changed for LGBTQ rights in the 24 years that divides the photos. Nicholas tells Mashable that they take part in Pride events to show thanks to "all those who came before us and paved the way for the rights we have today."

The couple got married for a second time when same-sex marriage became legal in their home state of Florida in 2015. Nicholas describes the impact that marriage equality has had on their lives.

"We were able to go back and refile taxes as a married couple," he says. "I was able to get health insurance on my husband's work-site health plan. We were afforded all the rights which are automatic with marriage and didn't have to incur the expense of jumping through the legal hoops to replicate those rights. We also could not be denied access to each other if we were in the hospital and would benefit from each other's Social Security Benefits."

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People participate in a Resist March that replaced the annual Pride Parade in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen
People participate in a Resist March that replaced the annual Pride Parade in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen
Thousands celebrate the annual LGBTQ Capital Pride parade in Washington June 10, 2017. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan
Members of the LGBT community and their supporters participate in the #ResistMarch at the 47th annual LA Pride Festival in Hollywood, California on June 11, 2017. Inspired by the huge women's marches that took place around the world following the inauguration of President Trump, LA Pride has replaced its decades-old parade with a protest march. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
People participate in a Resist March that replaced the annual Pride Parade in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen
FOLEY SQUARE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2017/06/16: On June 16, 2017 at Foley Square. NYC Pride takes the Rally back into the streets. Community activists, organizers, and more will make their voices heard as 10 days of LGBT Activism, Visibility, and Celebration Kicks-Off. The NYC Pride expands this year to 17 events for the LGBT Community. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, CA - MAY 21: A member of Flaggers United participates in the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade in Long Beach on Sunday, May 21, 2017. (Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 18: Melany Austad, middle, Macey Moyer, left, and Kaylee Flaherty, right, all of whom work for Target, wave rainbow flags as they take part in the 42nd annual PrideFest Parade on June 18, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Denver PrideFest is Colorados largest regional celebration of LGBT Pride. The parade started in Cheesman Park headed west on Colfax Ave and ended at Civic Center. The festival included live entertainment on three stages, as well as more than 200 vendors, food and drink. Denver PrideFest is the largest annual fundraiser for the GLBT Community Center of Colorado, a non-profit organization that serves more than 47,000 people annually with programs for LGBT youth, seniors, Colorados transgender community, and training and legal programs. Over 180 different organizations participated in this year's parade. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 18: Confetti flies in the air during the 42nd annual PrideFest Parade on June 18, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Denver PrideFest is Colorados largest regional celebration of LGBT Pride. The parade started in Cheesman Park headed west on Colfax Ave and ended at Civic Center. The festival included live entertainment on three stages, as well as more than 200 vendors, food and drink. Denver PrideFest is the largest annual fundraiser for the GLBT Community Center of Colorado, a non-profit organization that serves more than 47,000 people annually with programs for LGBT youth, seniors, Colorados transgender community, and training and legal programs. Over 180 different organizations participated in this year's parade. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
STONEWALL INN MONUMENT, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2017/06/14: Gays Against Guns organized a rally and march in New York Citys West Village, starting at The Stonewall Inn on June 14, 2017; in memory of Gilbert Baker, creator of the Rainbow Flag, the international symbol of LGBTQ pride. The event also protest discrimination and bigotry against LGBTQ Americans that has been perpetuated by the Trump administration and the GOP. Baker died last March 31 at age 65. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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While celebrating the strides towards equal rights for the LGBTQ community, Nicholas still recognizes the changes still needed.

"In spite of these amazing successes, there [still] exists no federal or state workplace protections for LGBTQ individuals," he notes. Nicholas also calls out suicide as "a real threat for LGBTQ youth," and the "proliferation of Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) laws as a backlash to these hard won gains."

With the photos gaining more than 400,000 likes and over 100,000 retweets, Nicholas says that the couple is very touched by the overwhelmingly positive responses they've received.

The fact that so many people now see Nicholas and Kurt as #relationshipgoals has the couple "keenly aware we cannot take what we have for granted. A loving partner can be a difficult thing to find, once you do you must protect it and nurture it."

Overall, Nicholas believes there needs to be more representation of LGBTQ couples "just being couples." Coming out is a continuous process. Even deciding to start posting photos of him and Kurt together holding hands and kissing was a major decision.

Nicholas says, "I realized that this was just another closet we had to come out of...We need to get more images like this out there so the youth today can have positive role models."

There are still many fights to win and the couple encourages massive attendance at Pride because "it allows all of us to come together to learn from each other and embrace our differences."

Love on, Nicholas and Kurt — we'll be "awwwwing" your relationship for another 24 years.

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