Being gay isn't 'just a phase.' Couple clap back at homophobic comments with beautifully defiant photos.

When discussing their sexuality, many members of the LGBQT+ community have most likely been met with the infuriating and downright offensive 'it's just a phase' or 'you'll grow out of it eventually.'

Sick of these homophobic remarks, couple Nicholas Cardello and Kurt English decided to clap back at prejudiced assumptions by posting a beautifully defiant and overwhelmingly cute set of photos on their Facebook that proved once and for all that no, this was not 'just a phase.'

The photos, which were taken in 1993 and 2017, show the couple at Pride, a festival which celebrates the LGBQT+ community. The couple are still very much in love and are now married, definitively proving that homosexuality, and sexuality in general, is never 'just a phase.'

Twitter user @mh picked up on Cardello's post, which has been shared over 24,000 times, and posted the photos to his Twitter account, where they have been retweeted over 162,000 times.

@mh then followed the tweet with a heartfelt show of solidarity with all members of the LGBQT+ community whose parents refused to accept them for who they are:

The tweets have been met with an overwhelmingly positive response, with other couples sharing photos of themselves together years apart

At a time when the Trump administration has left the LGBTQ+ community feeling vulnerable and uneasy, the photos are hugely important in encouraging younger generations not only to embrace and celebrate their sexuality, but also in demonstrating that the future is hopeful

Thanks Nick and Kurt, we think you're adorable🌈