Domonique and Crissy are a married couple whose YouTube videos documenting their relationship have earned them over one million subscribers. In a few months, the couple is expecting an important new addition to their family — a baby boy named Domonic.
Domonique — Domo, as she's known online — is carrying the baby boy. The couple told BuzzFeed News they planned the pregnancy by working with a local sperm bank.
Shortly after Domonique posted photos of her pregnant belly, the couple started to receive some hateful and negative comments — mostly directed at Domonique. Being the “more masculine” of the two, some people said she should not be the one to carry the baby.
A screenshot of Domo showing her belly on Snapchat also began circulating with negative comments. Many fans jumped in to defend the couple:
"I guess some small-minded people thought it was wrong because 'I dress like a dude,'' said Domonique . "When in reality, I dress [in a way] that is comfortable to me."
The couple decided to use Instagram to shut down the negativity. "30 Weeks pregnant and proud," reads the screenshot posted Tuesday:
"I am a woman," Domo states in the post. "I am a woman who has always wanted a child. Who cares that I'm not the 'normal' look of a pregnant woman — I am Domonic's mom and I am proud!"
The couple also released a YouTube video of themselves "dancing the haters off" which has been viewed over 500,000 times since being posted:
Even after experiencing negative reactions, Domonique is now more inspired than ever to share photos of her pregnancy journey.
Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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