This photo of a 12-year-old boy that we are about to share with you not only puts the spotlight on the LGBT community’s fight for equality, but it will also inspire and empower you to make a stand too.
Thousands of members of Mexico “pro-family” hate group and Frente Nacional por la Familia are protesting in the streets across the nation, and they are protesting a same-sex marriage bill. Officials estimated that there are more than 10,000 of people protesting in the street of Celaya, and they are protesting the proposal made by President Enrique Pena Nieto to introduce same sex marriage throughout the large country. However, on this day there is an opposition from a 12-year old boy who is brave enough to stood in the middle of the street blocking the thousands of people.
As the crowd marched through the city, the 12-year-old boy walked out into the middle of the street to face the upcoming crowd of protestors, standing with outstretched arms and he begged them to stop. Photographer and journalist Manuel Rodriguez who shot the ideal photo, first thought the boy was simply playing.
And when the Rodriguez approached the boy who chose to remain anonymous, that he discovered his true reason for taking on the protestors. “I have an uncle who is gay” the child told Rodriquez, “And I hate that people hate.”
Currently same-sex marriage is only legal in Mexico City and 9 of the nation’s 31 states. WhileFrente Nacional por la Familia seems to garner a great deal of support throughout the conservative country, the photo continues to make headlines with the boy’s action inspiring the masses well beyond the hate group’s protests.
Too often so-called “pro-family” groups justify their hatred by using children as an excuse to attack LGBTI families. This boy’s action in defence of his gay uncle not only shows that these groups really don’t value the love found in families beyond their own comprehension, but also we too can have the fearlessness within to take a stand and make a difference.
Written by Chad St James/samesame