Kordale and Kaleb, Gay Black Dads, Post Family Instagram Photos, Respond to Criticism

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An Instagram photo of two gay fathers, Kordale and Kaleb, has gone viral for a number of reasons, some of which you might not expect at first glance.

Kordale and Kaleb, who have three kids and a sizable social media, have been receiving homophobic and racist backlash after sharing the image below:

Kordale and Kaleb Photo
Kordale and Kaleb are two gay dads who have become a lightning rod for conversation due to their Instagram account and family photos.

The idea of two gay black men raising kids, it seems, is just too much for Twitter to take. Even some positive responses are more like backhanded compliments.

Many of the more overtly racist, homophobic Tweets have been removed, but the ones like "finally a black gay couple" are equally as problematic to the duo.

Most of the positive feedback hit on two key points:

  1. That Kordale and Kaleb are a black gay couple, in general
  2. That it was nice to see black men taking care of children

Indeed, the controversy surrounding this photo raises many broad cultural questions. Kordale and Kaleb responded to them in a statement to the Huffington Post:

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.

This is another prime example of where we are as a nation in 2014 - continuous discrimination against gays. Being gay is the new normal for a lot of people and judgment isn't needed, just equality! We may be gay but this does not mean we are incapable of what a heterosexual couple is capable of!

Us gays are just as educated and passionate about what we do and how we do it!

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Savage1967

There are so many children out there in terrible situations and they are crying for loving parents. These children are so fortunate. Who really cares the parents dynamics (mother/father, father/father, mother/mother.... or their case mother/father/father) as long as these kids are getting the love and support that every child rightfully deserves. As for the racial thing..... in this day and age who cares about race. Open your mind and heart and this world will be better for it. NO H8!

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Just disgusting! Smmh!

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@ Anonymous

Only an idiot what make that kind of comment. Stop hating! is not your life. Didn't your mother ever teach you if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say nothing at all... WELL I GUESS NOT!

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@ Anonymous

That's so mean!

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U go dads!! They put their kids before themselves!

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I didnt even know they were gay until I read the comments. Honestly, I just saw two men getting kids ready. More dads/men should b like them. U go guys!!!!!!!

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I think this is a beautiful picture. I see a happy and loving family. Now why hate over that. There are so many kids out there that need homes, but unfortunately alot of people will go outside the US to get a baby watch is sad because of so many organizations that run adoption agencies will not let gays and lesbians adopt which is just so stupid because you're so many kids out there that need homes. I would much rather see a gay and lesbian couples raise a child that is from America instead of them growing up to be a criminal when they turn 18. I'm not saying that happens to all of them but the majority of them that's what happens.

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You daddy's are doing great. Looks like you guys have a beautiful and healthy family. Ignore the hate in the world. Keep being amazing :D -

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@ Justine

PITI--FULL. First of all they are not dads..at least they are men...but, they are closer to CON-FU-SI-ON than men. Plz STOP trying to pretend that they are just normal Black males trying to raise a family. Poor kids. I pray God rescue them.

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@ Bobbie

and I will pray for GOD to forgive you and your judgments. Nah I changed my mind, it's worthless to waste a good prayer on people like you. Keep your prayers for yourself , I think you need it more than they do..

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Four thumbs up to you two dads. Being a parent has moving to do with the fact that your black or gay. Your doing it some men white, Mexican, black etc. do not take care of their children. Instead of people criticizing you they should give you a pat on the back. I do....GOOD JOB GUYS! From a single mom of two.

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Thank you for being such great dads and taking such great and loving care of them. In a world filled with dead beat dads this is so refreshing to see. Having grown up never knowing my father, I appreciate seeing this! Keep on rockin and ignore the haters! The world should learn something from you all on fatherhood! God Bless you and your lovely family!

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he is kissing a white man's ass again?

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I think it is grate to see this, we have come a long way!!!! YOu keep doing what you do,good dads!!!!