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Photo of two Toronto gay fathers holding their newborn son goes viral

Frank Nelson, 44, and BJ Barone, 34, meet their newborn son for the first time
Frank Nelson, 44, and BJ Barone, 34, meet their newborn son for the first time
Linda Foster photography (used with permission from photographer)

The art of photography is capturing real moments in their true element of emotion. Such a moment was captured by birth photographer Lindsay Foster, who photographed two dads holding their newborn baby boy for the first time last Friday during World Pride in Kingston, Ontario. According to a report by The Star on Thursday, the photo has since gone viral.

The photo not only symbolizes the joy of hope, it also signified the essence of family in its many forms. The expression on the faces of Frank Nelson, 44, and BJ Barone, 34, said it all as they held baby Milo in their arms for the first time. Nelson expressed the proud moment captured so expressively in the photo.

He told The Star, “I remember being in pure joy. I think it has been a gift to everyone who sees that photo and knows that it does not matter if it’s a man or a woman or gay couple, anyone would feel utter joy in that moment.”

Both Nelson and Barone are teachers with the Toronto District School Board and have received so much support since the photo has gone viral. The photo taken by Foster has been liked more than 40,000 times on Facebook and has been spread across the world in a Buzzfeed article and other sites such as the Huffington Post, Gay Star News and here on

In the photo, the proud fathers are shirtless because a midwife asked them to remove their shirts to be closer with baby Milo. It was something the midwife explained to Nelson would help the baby’s heart rate, so he did it. Foster, who is a friend of the surrogate, was at the right place as the right time and said, “I’m just glad I got the picture in focus.” It should be noted that the surrogate mom was in no way related to the baby and did not use her own eggs. Carrying Milo was a gift she was happy to give to the new dads.

Foster was able to capture the raw emotion all parents experience, regardless of sexual orientation. The viral attention elevates the bond parents share with the first breaths of their child and the pure exhilaration of holding new life in their arms. It was a beautiful moment and the support from that moment has drawn much appreciation from the new daddies.

Nelson and Barone expressed their thanks saying, “Thank you to everyone out there who has taken the time to like, comment and share our picture! This was truly an incredible moment in our lives that will be captured forever by the lovely Lindsay Foster Photography. We are so lucky that we have a beautiful, healthy baby boy!”

There have been some negative remarks regarding the picture, but much of those came from not knowing enough of the facts and some were based on ignorance. They went on to say, “All comments posted are respected, although we may not agree with the negative ones, the positive ones far outweigh the negative. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. This is a moment of pure love and acceptance. Milo is surrounded by unconditional love and he will grow up knowing many different types of families and accept everyone. Milo was born during World Pride. This picture represents everything Pride is about. Love has no color nor gender nor sexual preference. Love is unconditional.”

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