Read this man's open letter to homophobic bully
Meet Joseph Flinders, a 21-year-old radio producer from Manchester, England. Flinders took to Facebook recently in honor of his sister, Lola, to pen an open letter "to the odious little toad" who said it was "disgusting" that her brother was gay.
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Flinders says he wasn't angry for himself, but for his sister Lola. He says, "You're not born homophobic. Lola was such a clean slate so when I told her I was gay it was no issue because it's not an issue until you're taught it's one."
Here is the full Facebook post, courtesy of Buzzfeed:
Joseph and Lola's mother, Debra Brown, chimed in too: "You have to feel a bit (and only a teeny weeny bit) sorry for kids like the 'odious toad' mentioned because they weren't born homophobic; they are obviously being influenced by family members."
"An open letter to the odious little toad who gave my baby sister a hard time for having a gay big brother. I just wanted to give an example of what a decent upbringing looks like. This is a photo I took of us at the gay pride parade, which she asked to attend with me. I think that's pretty cool of an eleven year old, don't you?
I've never known such an accepting, compassionate, loving child and I don't want your hate-filled existence making her any less than she is.
I'm not confrontational but this is a nerve I wouldn't touch if I were you. Thankfully, you're a dying breed and I imagine this is the last generation that'll have to endure narrow-minded tools.
I think she's pretty great and she's prouder than ever to tell people her brother is gay. So enjoy spreading hate to nobody that gives a toss."
Even superstar Sam Smith was a victim of homophobic bullying:
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