Gay dads across the country have joined the rallying cry of the "March For Our Lives" movement, demanding sensible, common sense gun laws. Many of you shared your photos with us from Saturday's march. San Francisco gay dads, Charlie and James, were two of them. These guys are using their considerable social following for a good cause: to advocate for and end gun violence and mass shootings.
On the day before the march, (Daddy) Charlie and (Papa) James posted on their popular Instagram account their intent to march and appealed to others to join them. They included a link in their Instagram bio to the "March For Our Lives" website, encouraging others to find their closest march.
With over 10,000 likes and nearly 700 comments, their post made waves, both in support and strong objection.
"When we decided to share our family's support for #MarchforOurLives, we couldn't have anticipated the response the post would spark," said James. "The comments took off, and for the first time, we needed to report homophobic and extremist posts by people threatening to harm our family."
"More importantly, we were truly inspired by the thousands of incredible young people we met on Saturday— and all the people who came to our family's defense on social media," added Charlie.
Charlie (left) and James with daughter Charlie marching in San Francisco on Saturday
As we previously reported, LGBTQ individuals and our families are more frequently the targets of hate crimes than any other minority group. The violent and hateful comments that were made towards Charlie and James' family bring these statistics closer to home.
"It's a powerful reminder of how much work remains to reduce gun violence and achieve #EqualityforAll," said James. "Today more than ever, we remain convinced that with continued effort and focus from all us, #lovewins."
Gays With Kids will continue to fight alongside our fellow dads.