Photographer Hennessy Vandheur captured the moment between girlfriends 22-year-old Laura Hetherington and 20-year-old Jo Barba who are students at Fordham University in New York City. The photographer said that it was the best action of protest she had ever seen.
On her Instagram she posted a picture of the kissing women captioned: “walking in the trump protests last night in manhattan was absolutely incredible. this was probably my favorite moment from the entire night and i’m happy to have been there to capture it. love in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. we stand together, against the hate in this country right now – and nothing will put out the fire in our hearts. i stand with our brothers and sisters, POC and LGBTQ, women, immigrants, and everyone else whose lives and well-beings trump endangers. #lovetrumpshate •• when it comes to us – frances & ritua”
Hetherington told Buzzfeed they attended the protest as a ‘means of catharsis and support on a communal level’. She said the picture will hopefully serve as a ‘reminder for those who see it: In the midst of hatred, opposition, and oppression our love will persist’.