A lesbian photographer has been fired by a customer who didn’t want her child “to think that being gay is OK”.
Faith Grace, 21, was asked by a pregnant mother to take maternity photos of her.
The photographer from Mobile, Alabama, posted photos of their interaction on Twitter, which have gone viral as supporters have registered their outrage.
The prospective customer texted Faith over the weekend to say: “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 pad I saw that you had a pride flag.
“Are you gay or do you have family that’s gay?”
Responding to this with fairness and without making assumptions about the strange enquiry, Faith wrote: “Nobody in my fam is gay but I am – that’s why I have it on my account.”
Being gay ‘is just not right’
The mother’s immediate response was that she’d no longer like Grace to take her photographs due to her sexual orientation.
“I don’t want someone who’s gay to take my pictures,” she wrote.
“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”, McKenna added.
Grace took a screenshot of the conversation and posted it on Twitter where it has since had more than 38,000 shares.
However, her Twitter and personal Instagram accounts have since been made private.
“A lady texted me asking to take her maternity photos then she decided to find another photographer because I’m gay,” she wrote.
“RT & share this to show people that hatred & discrimination still exists & it NEEDS to stop.
“This breaks my heart.”