Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton offered hope Friday to a struggling young gay boy after an image of him featured on popular photography blog Humans of New York went viral.
The boy, pictured crying on the front steps of a house, was accompanied by a simple quote attributed to him: "I'm homosexual and I'm afraid about what my future will be and that people won't like me."
Captured in the week following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling for marriage equality nationwide, the image struck a chord for hundreds of thousands of viewers, who reassured the boy he has plenty to look forward to. But Clinton's optimistic response topped the list, with over 75,000 "likes" and counting:
"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. –H"
The message, posted from Clinton's official Facebook page, was followed Saturday by one from Ellen DeGeneres, who wrote, "Not only will people like you, they'll love you. I just heard of you and I love you already."
Clinton has been vocal in her support of LGBT communities, giving her politics a more personal touch with gestures like changing her campign logo to rainbow colors and releasing a heartwarming ad in support of marriage equality. Though she has been criticized for her slow "evolution" on supporting legal same-sex marriage, Clinton's private 2009 emails recently released by the U.S. State Department show that the she was pro-LGBT throughout her tenure in President's Obama's cabinet.
Clinton also famously gave a speech in December 2011 to the United Nations in Geneva, now seeming to foreshadow this weekend's interaction with the tearful young "Human of New York." As Secretary of State, Clinton declared to the world at the time:
"Being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights."