Originally published on Huffington Post Canada.
BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson are two high school teachers living in Toronto. They have one son, Milo, through altruistic surrogacy. When a photo of them holding their newborn child went viral and was eventually repurposed by European anti-LGBT groups, BJ and Frankie found themselves thrust into the international spotlight.
In the video below, the two dads speak about their everyday struggle to be respected and accepted at home and abroad.
“Frank and I, we’re not your traditional family,” shares BJ. “Family is very important to us because we fight to be recognized and to be accepted in every day life. I think a lot of people have misconceptions that two men can’t have a baby or raise a child, and I think we’re scrutinized a little bit more that we have to prove to them that we can do it.”
“We really had to sit down and think about what family means to us, and what we came up with was really that family is just about love,” says Frank. “We want everyone to know that we are definitely no different than any other family.”