04/12/2017 03:43 EDT | Updated 04/26/2017 10:50 EDT

We Shouldn't Have To Fight To Be Accepted As Dads

We're not your traditional family; we're married, we have a son through surrogacy. Family is very important to us, because we fight to be recognized and accepted in everyday life. When our son was born, our birth photo had gone viral. We received a lot of attention, both positive and negative, and recently politicians in Europe are using our photo to make a case against surrogacy and against LGBT families. But to us, family is about love.

When a photo of them holding their newborn child went viral and was eventually repurposed by European anti-LGBT groups, BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson found themselves thrust into the international spotlight. Now raising their son in Toronto, these two dads speak about their everyday struggle to be respected and accepted at home and abroad.

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