Photographer Faith Mary Grace had booked a gig for a pregnant woman’s maternity shoot when she was brusquely informed that her services were no longer needed.@_faithhhh14/Twitter
As the Independent reports, Grace, 21, who hails from Mobile, Alabama, was hired by a woman, reportedly named McKenna, from the same town to do her pregnancy photo shoot.
In a tweet which has since been set to “private,” Grace alleged after meeting with the woman the night before, McKenna contacted her once she saw a “pride flag,” a symbol of LGBTQ unity, on the photographer’s professional social media page.marygracevisuals/Instagram
According to Grace, the Independent reported, McKenna reportedly texted:
I went through your personal Instagram account to get to 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?
Grace claimed that she answered back: “Nobody in my fam is gay but I am — that’s why I have it on my account.”marygracevisuals/Instagram
The woman reportedly responded:
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.
As the Daily Mail reports, Grace tweeted out a screenshot of the conversation, with the caption:
A lady texted me asking to take her maternity photos then she decided to find another photographer because I’m gay. RT & share this to show people that hatred & discrimination still exists & it NEEDS to stop. This breaks my heart.
Many people have expressed their opinion over Grace’s situation:
Wow! I’m staggered that there are people out there who are still this narrow minded and bigoted! I feel sorry for her son. Imagine growing up with a parent who thinks this view is acceptable.
— KERRI ANNE FROST (@frostieK1210) December 11, 2017
Forget her. Who is she to judge? Only God can do that and He will judge her soon enough and I’m betting it won’t end well for her.
— Steph Deskins (@DeskinsSteph) December 11, 2017
“I don’t want them to be influenced by you.” Now, lemme tell you something. As a straight man, every gay I’ve befriended has been supportive to no end, and the only influence they’ve had on me has been positive. Take heart, for not everyone is like that ? pic.twitter.com/uJRcw0Wozx
— johnnyxxxv (@johnny_xxxv) December 11, 2017
Honestly, who is interested in the private life of someone who is providing a service to them? While I am absolutely pro ?…it should not even matter. Does this person also ask the supermarket checkout lady if she is gay? It is called privacy and it’s none of people‘s business.
— BlnJulia (@BlnJulia) December 11, 2017
Hate is taught, not learned…
— Paul Eldridge (@JustThePaul) December 11, 2017
But the outcry hasn’t been one-sided:
Young children are influenced at a very young age. How do you think they learn to write, read, talk etc? If a woman doesn’t want her children around a being who is intimate with her own gender, then she has every right.
— TheLondonCyclist (@TLCyclist) December 11, 2017
Your mad you lost money, and here we go with internet bullies
— Andrew Ockerman (@anrockerman) December 11, 2017
This is a great way to run off customers.
— Justin Pate (@JustinPate10) December 11, 2017
Hatred? Nah, more like taking a stand as a mother and not compromising her morals.
— Jalen Posey (@jay_poze) December 11, 2017
There was no hatred in that message, its as much as her right to be against gay pride than it is for you to support gay pride… just saying
— ?ydoleM? (@oMeIody) December 11, 2017
“McKenna’s” alleged refusal to work with Grace over her sexual orientation calls to mind Colorado cake shop owner, Jack Phillips, who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.
In 2012, Phillips, sparked national controversy when he refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding, citing a violation of his religious beliefs. Phillips maintained he served anyone who came into his shop, though he did not cater every event, reports Fox News. The cake, it was argued, was an expression and deserved First Amendment protection.
As Independent Journal Review previously reported, Phillips was sued by a state civil rights commission in 2015 for discrimination, and the case is currently being heard before the United States Supreme Court. A ruling is expected in June 2018, according to Fox News.
Given the importance of the outcome of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Grace’s alleged account of events is definitely worthy of discussion.