Last weekend, 11,000 anti-LGBT protesters took to the streets in Celaya, Guanjuato, Mexico, to protest same-sex marriage. Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto recently proposed a change in the country’s constitution to legalize gay marriage across the entire country. This proposal launched protest marches (and some supportive marches) on Saturday throughout the country.
Though large crowds of anti-LGBT people such as the one in Celaya is a daunting thought, one boy was not fazed. During the protest, a 12-year-old boy ran into the street to stand against the protesters and the iconic moment was caught by journalist Manuel Rodriguez.
After taking the photo, Rodriguez found the boy later and asked him why he ran into the street. The boy replied: “I have an uncle who is gay, and I don’t like people hating him.”
Many have compared the photograph to the iconic photo of the Chinese student standing in front of tanks in Tiananmen Square.
However, you look at it, we see a brave boy standing up for his family and the right to love.