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On July 3rd, a young boy shared his story with Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York. His touching yet heartbreaking quote to Stanton was shared around the world, and many people including some pretty notable celebrities came back with love and support. 

Sitting on the stoop of a bustling New York City street, the boy posed for the camera with his head sunk low and tears forming in his eyes. 

“I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me,” the boy told Humans of New York.

The post went viral getting tons of positive responses and even caught the attention of some big names.

Hillary Clinton, 2016 presidential candidate, appeared on the feed just two hours after the photo was posted to share some words of wisdom about life from her own personal experience and signed it with her signature ‘H,’ indicating the message was indeed written by the big ‘H’ herself and not a member of her staff. 

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“Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing” read the comment from Clinton’s official campaign page.

“You will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love you and believe in you - there will be lots of them.”

Ellen DeGeneres, talk show host and gay rights activist, also took to Facebook to show her support.

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“Not only will people like you, they’ll love you. I just heard of you and I love you already,” wrote Ellen DeGeneres’ official talk show page.

Contradictory to the recent negative attention crowding the 2016 presidential candidates (specifically Donald Trump), Clinton took to social media to release something a little more positive regarding an important political issue, LGBTQ rights. 

The boy’s identity remains unknown due to the photo blog’s iconic style of anonymity but more than half a million people showed they didn't need a name to empathize with what he’s going through.

The viral post comes just one week after the Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Posting viral content is nothing new for Brandon Stanton who started the page back in 2010 as a way of capturing the everyday New Yorker. The page has now reached over 13 million followers as a result of its concise human impact stories that leave their mark on viewers every day.

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