Woman Refuses Maternity Pictures From Gay Photographer

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An Alabama photographer has been rejected for an assignment because she is gay.

Faith Grace, 21, had been hired by a pregnant woman named McKenna to take maternity photos, reports the Daily Mail.

However, that was before McKenna noticed an LGBT pride flag on Grace's Instagram page.

She texted Grace to ask her about the symbol.

"Hi Faith! This is McKenna from last night. I was reaching out to you about maternity photos! I went through your personal Instagram account to get your photography business account and on your personal page I saw that you had a pride flag. Are you gay or do you have family that's gay?" she asked.

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Grace replied: "Hey McKenna! Thanks for reaching out. Nobody in my fam is gay but I am - that's why I have it on my account."

In response, McKenna informed Grace that she was no longer interested in hiring her. "I see, OK well don't worry about the photos then," she texted. 

McKenna's text continued: "I don't want someone who's gay to take my pictures. It's just not right. I'm against it and the last thing I need is to allow my 5 year old child to think that being gay is OK/right because I don't want them to be influenced by people like you. I'm sorry that you think that this lifestyle is OK and acceptable. Take care, Faith."

Grace then posted on Twitter a screenshot of the text message exchange, encouraging viewers to "share this to show people that hatred & discrimination still exists & it NEEDS to stop."

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In Grace's home state, the ACLU of Alabama has been defending LBGT rights since 1936, and recently challenged and succeeding in overturning an Alabama law banning gay men and lesbians from adopting.

The organization describes its LBGT rights strategy as being "based on the belief that fighting for the society we want means not just persuading judges and government officials, but ultimately changing the way society thinks about LGBT people." 

As for Grace's portraiture photography, her professional website sheds light on her passion for the craft.

"When I was around the age of 16 I got my hands on my very first camera (thanks Mom and Dad), since then I've been taking portraits of people," she writes. "Bringing out the person's true self through photography is something that I will always adore."

Sources: Daily Mail, ACLU of Alabama / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Faith Grace/Twitter via Daily Mail

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