28/12/2016 13:03 SAST | Updated 28/12/2016 16:42 SAST

Black Queer Couples Celebrate Their Love In This Heartwarming Trend

These pics of #BlackQueerLoveLivesHere show us that sometimes love really does win.

Black same-sex couples shared their love on social media using the trending hashtag #BlackQueerLoveLivesHere during the festive season. Featuring predominantly South African couples, the photos shared show the increasing freedom that particularly black gay couples enjoy in South Africa, even as the country grapples with larger issues around homophobia and horrific violence against black lesbians in particular. The photos served as a welcome reminder that there are still spaces for gay, black couples to comfortably celebrate their love. Check out some of the photographs in this slideshow.