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20 'Gay Uncles Day' Photos So Cute Your Heart Will Melt

Have you told your "guncle" you love him today?

“Guncles” aka gay uncles and their beloved nieces and nephews were inspired to express their love for one another on social media Aug. 14 in honor of the unofficial holiday dubbed “National Gay Uncles Day.” 

The idea for a day devoted to gay uncles was reportedly first floated on Facebook by C.J. Hatter, a Florida resident, back in May. However, the idea really began to gather steam Aug. 10 when Simon Dunn, a former rugby player and member of the Australian Bobsleigh Team, posted an adorable photo of himself posing on a beach with his nephews on Instagram. 

I've seen a few post today wanting to make August 14 "Gay Uncles Day" or "Guncles Day" what do you think?

A photo posted by 🇦🇺 Simon Dunn (@bobsleighsimon) on

“Virtually every family had that relative, often an uncle, who spent his life as a ‘confirmed bachelor,’” Dunn, who came out as gay in 2014, told Instinct Magazine. “My goal in promoting this day of celebration is to normalize the role of the gay uncle, cousin, brother… whatever, in the family and in society.”

He added, “The more visible we are and the more forthright we and our loved ones are of our very existence, the less uncomfortable society will be with us.”

The idea caught the eye of none other than Anderson Cooper, who posted a short video of himself posing with a nephew, Martin, on Instagram. 

My French nephew Martin on the Quadrado in Trancoso

A video posted by andersoncooper (@andersoncooper) on

Others, of course, followed suit throughout the day. 

In honor of the occasion, we’ve rounded up 20 of the most adorable Gay Uncles Day photos that we’ve seen on Instagram. Take a look at the heartwarming shots below, and don’t forget to tell your gay uncle that you love him if you haven’t already. 

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