Sadly, the small but symbolic decision by a picture editor to portray a loving same-sex couple alongside a story about relationships sparked a homophobic backlash from some narrow-minded Twitter users, who couldn't seem to get their heads round the fact that LGBT people are in fact people too - and people with sleeping positions at that. "This picture is disgusting", wrote one user. "Another LBGT agenda picture without reason," added another. One criticised The Independent's picture editors for daring to normalise same-sex relationships, writing: "Do your staff realise what prats choosing that picture makes them look?"
Here's what your sleeping position reveals about your relationship https://t.co/D2tcxxZONM— The Independent (@Independent) January 25, 2017
@Independent who are your editors?— H.N. Felix (@felixomor2) January 25, 2017
@Independent Do your staff realise what prats choosing that picture makes them look?— brainbats (@brainbats) January 25, 2017
@Independent that pic is a bit uncalled for— Medzart (@MedzArtist) January 25, 2017
#RepresentationMatters", wrote one. Another expressed the hope that one day such a picture would not be considered controversial, writing: "It shouldn't have to be brave to put a picture of a couple on an article about couples, but here we are. Good on you."
@Independent this picture is disgusting— kingsley o. (@kessyaya) January 25, 2017
— Fuck White Supremacy (@RA_TheDrummer) January 25, 2017
Many took the fight to the homophobes themselves, hitting back at claims there was no reason to portray a same-sex couple alongside the story. "Why should there be a reason? Nobody ever asks for justification of the thousands of images of straight couples we see every day", argued one user. Another summed it up perfectly, writing: "Two people, in a relationship, sleeping. Totally encapsulates the story."
@Independent Awesome. More diversity in representation always!— Kayte Terry (@kayteterry) January 25, 2017
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@SAMUEL_NIC why should there be a reason? nobody ever asks for justification of the thousands of images of straight couples we see every day— Deane Laouadi (@deanelaouadi) January 25, 2017