Mom Refuses to Hire Photographer for Maternity Shoot After Finding Out She's Gay


Promoting love and tolerance is at the forefront of many of our minds these days. The belief that everyone, regardless of circumstance, is equal should be an easy concept to grasp. Unfortunately, it isn't for everyone. One young photographer learned this the hard way when a mother refused to hire her for a maternity shoot after learning that she is a lesbian.

  • Twenty-one-year-old photographer Faith Mary Grace said on Twitter that she thought she was just answering questions about a possible maternity shoot.

    Things quickly turned sour when the expectant mom began questioning her about a pride flag emoji she had on her personal Instagram account. "I went through your personal Instagram account to get your photography business account and on your personal pad [sic] I saw that you had a pride flag. Are you gay or do you have family that's gay?" the woman asked in a text message. 

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  • Grace responded by telling the woman that she was gay.

    The woman's response was shocking, to say the least. "OK well don't worry about the photos then," she wrote. "I don't want someone who's gay to take my pictures. It's just not right." 

    The unnamed woman continued, saying that she didn't want her 5-year-old child to think that being gay is "OK." "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," she said before telling Grace to "take care."

  • After sharing her outrageous encounter on Twitter, Grace received an outpouring of support.

    Many people complimented her beautiful photography and told her to keep her head held high. "Never let anyone steal your shine or make you feel less than," one Twitter user wrote. 

  • Some people targeted their responses to the mother instead.

    They implied that she should feel ashamed of herself for her discriminatory actions. 

  • Before making her Twitter account private, Grace took the time to thank everyone who had shown her support.

    "To everyone that's been supporting this and people who have dealt with hate and discrimination, thank you," she wrote. 

  • Grace's story isn't the first of its kind, but it's certainly disappointing.

    People in the LGBTQ community have faced this type of bigotry and discrimination many times before, but the amount of community support this young photographer has been shown is truly amazing. We have no doubt that she will continue to flourish despite this setback. 

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    CafeMom reached out to Faith Mary Grace for comment but she did not immediately respond. While we don't know who the person on the other side of this conversation was, we can only hope that the support Grace has gotten online will help that person take a step back and find a way to learn from this experience. 

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