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Viral kissing photo celebrates ‘fat, heavy, thick, black and gay men’

Rare is the same-sex kiss photo that attracts 100,000 likes in its first week on Twitter, but then again, rare is the photo that shows gay love without “classically attractive white gay men,” as Tyler Hightower tells NBC News.

After seeing a photo of another black gay couple Twitter, Hightower shared a snapshot of him kissing his boyfriend, Ahdeem Tinsley.

“Posting this because representation matters,” Hightower captioned the photo. “The black, gay, and happy gworls are out here! We live together and have two cats. This was our 1 year anniversary. We are at the 1 year and 8month mark and still going strong!”

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Twitter users raved over the romantic photo. “This is beautiful,” one wrote. “Y’all are so LOVELY!” said another. A third comment: “There’s seriously nothing that makes me happier than seeing 2 people that love each other and aren’t afraid to show it.”

“The responses have been awe-inspiring,” Hightower, a 26-year-old cancer research coordinator, added in his NBC News interview. “People are replying saying that the picture made their day and that they didn’t know there was love for people like them.”

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The Philly resident went on: “Part of our identity is being fat, heavy, thick, black and gay men, and we want all people to know that no matter your size, color or religion, be yourself and live authentically, and you will find love. I’d been closeted for a very long time, and now I’ve found true happiness.”