“This is so necessary. For young gays to see old gays happy, in love, and proud.”
Cardello told BuzzFeed News in the days leading up to the march, he started sharing “more affectionate” photos of the two on Facebook, including this throwback photo of him kissing English from when they attended the March on Washington in 1993. This particular photo was significant to Cardello for personal reasons, he said. “[It] was a kind of second coming-out for us.”
“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.”
“It's who we are.”
Cardello said he and English started getting messages and calls from friends telling them their photos had been re-shared, and gone viral, on almost every social media platform.