'Humans of New York' Crying Gay Teen Worries About Future: Internet Reacts (PHOTO)

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The photo from Humans of New York touched so many hearts -- it's a powerful image of a young boy sitting on a stoop and crying with this quote: "I'm homosexual and I'm afraid about what my future will be and that people won't like me." The Internet reacted in the most beautiful way, sending words of encouragement and love, and even Ellen DeGeneres and Hillary Clinton responded directly to the viral photo.

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"I'm homosexual and I'm afraid about what my future will be and that people won't like me."

Posted by Humans of New York on Friday, July 3, 2015

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From Hillary Clinton: "Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing. You will surprise yourself with what you're capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you -- there will be lots of them."

From Ellen DeGeneres: "Not only will people like you, they'll love you. I just heard of you and I love you already."

The mom in me wants to hug this kid. I want to tell him that I admire his honesty and I want to let him know that being himself is the most beautiful thing. There may not always be people that like you, but that should never be our focus -- there is love all around. You will find it. It will find you. I feel positive like Hillary -- your future will be amazing. I also echo Ellen -- I love you already.

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I also know that just because marriage equality finally happened in all of the United States, we still have a long way to go. We still have prejudices and injustices. There are awful stories that sadly show the ugly in this world. Still, I see hope. I see hope in this child, in his tears, because of his honesty, because he knows we need more change. And because we -- all of us -- can do something about it. This child has brought the conversation to the table once again and the conversation needs to continue, and enter our homes and allow the dialogue to encourage more change.

And I also know that so many children go through that fear of being accepted -- and not just children who are gay. We have to remind these children of the love that is in the world by showing them that love. We have to set good examples in our actions.

Marriage equality was one action that showed that we are a nation "with liberty and justice for all." There has been some opposition to that ruling, but thankfully the pride and love has so far been louder and more powerful than the hate. We can, together, help this child and others who worry about their future feel the love and acceptance that they deserve.

Join me, Hillary, and Ellen in sharing words of encouragement.

 

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