Last year, Chicago couple, Kordale and Kaleb Lewis went viral after a picture of them doing their daughters’ hair went viral. Now the family is starring in a commercial for Nikon.
What happened was, we were in the bathroom doing the girls hair and I said, ‘oh let me take a picture.’ It was simple, innocent picture… and then next thing you know it went viral. I’m still amazed today,” Kordale said of the viral photo.
Now the couple is featured as part of Nikon’s “I Am Generation Image” campaign.
The fathers sent the Huffington Post the following message:
With our picture going viral and now this video of our life, we feel that our life has changed to the extent of how people may view us. We feel that there are a lot of people looking at us as an example within the LGBTQ community — which is an awesome thing. Being homosexual is not as taboo as it once was and it has become more acceptable in today’s time. Yes, there will be those people who do not agree and will post negative comments or snarl their faces, but there are much more people who do agree and commend us as fathers and community activists. There are a lot of people who do not know us and assume the worst about our parenthood! Some people feel that our children are confused because their mother is not involved, which is not true. For example, a lot of people do not know the mother of our children and the relationship we have with her. Recently she moved to Atlanta and she sees the kids more than twice a month.
From this experience we want to teach our kids about diversity and equality. We want our children to know that people are different and each individual is composed of many facets that make him or her who he or she is — not to judge on individuality but to love and embrace. Our children are aware of the dynamics in our household, as well as the many different people who are in our lives. They understand that some men date men, some women date women and some women date men, etc… With this said, we instill in our children equality despite the inequality we have received as gay men through things such as marriage laws. Our children are ready for us to wed but they do not truly grasp the reasons as to why we are not allowed to get married as two men who love one another in our home state of Georgia — this is the real injustice. However, we will still inculcate great characteristics upon our children that will help make this a better and unbiased world.
Read more at the Huffington Post.