A first grader in Ohio has become an internet sensation for the way she stood up to hate.
Seven-year-old Zea was recorded on video at ComFest in Columbus, which she attended along with her father. The annual music and arts festival turned into an informal, impromptu Pride celebration, following the marriage equality decision on Friday, to the chagrin of some homophobes who targeted the event for hate.
Dressed in a tie-dye skirt and brandishing the pride flag, Zea is seen in the video coming face to face with an activist preacher, who tried to school the little girl in blind hatred. That's when the 7-year-old gave the homophobe a lesson in courage, and in standing up for what you believe in.
Onlookers walked up to Zea and gave her a high-five as the man ranted on. Zea didn't flinch, but she did admit later the confrontation was scary, according to Zea's dad:
Zea didn't just flash the flag at that hatemonger, and bail. They went toe to toe, for several minutes, while he bellowed all of his fire and brimstone right in her face. Grown man vs first grader. She told me afterward that she did feel scared. The one thing the people of#comfest2015 never let her feel though? Alone.
The image of Zea standing up to hate is now a T-shirt with proceeds going to Zea and an LGBT nonprofit chosen by the family.
Check out this 7-year-old badass in action below: