When a straight dad gets blasted by the Internet for being an attentive father, what chance do two loving gay dads have?
In their latest entry, Kaleb and Kordale can be seen getting two of their three children ready for school. The accompanying caption reads:
Being fathers is getting our daughters up at 5:30 am making breakfast getting them dressed for school and putting them on the bus by 6:30 .This is a typical day in our household . It's not easy but we enjoy every moment and eveny minute of #fatherhood. #proudfathers #blackfathers #prouddads #gaydads
Incidentally, it was exactly the same photo that got daddy blogger Doyin Richards inundated with hateful remarks last year.
While some saw an adorable daddies-daughters moment, others chose to make the kind of homophobic and racist comments that have become all too commonplace.
Though many of those comments and tweets have since been deleted — indeed, replaced with a backlash of love and support — it was enough to prompt Kordale and Kaleb to email HuffPost Gay Voices with a statement concerning the extreme reactions they've received to a seemingly innocuous family photo:
As far as the positive; yes we are two gay men with three kids who have no problem with preparing them for their education every morning; that comes with anything and everything they may need for school! Our kids are blessed to have three parents (Kordale, Kaleb and their Mother) who love, care and support them in every decision they have made and will continue to make as they get older. We are blessed to have the ability to provide for them in ways that a lot of people cannot for their family, which ultimately makes us happy knowing that they don't want for much! Our main objective as parents is to provide, love, educate, support, encourage, and love some more!
In regard to the negative, people fail to realize that we are people too with kids who love us. We do what is necessary for them to succeed in this ever-changing world but it's sad that we're discriminated against because of our sexuality and/or what we do behind closed doors — which is no one's business. In the same breath, we take all of what's been said in stride. The picture was put out on social media for an opinion so we can't be mad when people give just that: an opinion. People tend to think that gay people cannot raise their children to be heterosexuals. Instead, they have derogatory thoughts of us "tainting" our children or "confusing them" with what society sees deems as wrong an unmanly because we're gay. But this is all comical because people forget where a lot of gays come from: a heterosexual household.
[photos via Instagram]