Gay Teenager FacebookA Canadian gay teenager has received support from around the world after he used social media to name and shame his homophobic father. ‘Tyler’, who is 15 and from Vancover, came out to his father and was shocked to receive homophobic message from him in return. “‘If only you didn’t reject God and His teachings in your life you could have been strong enough to stay from evil and scums that surrounds you. Stay away.” Said one message. Tyler took screen grabs of his phone and posted the messages on his Facebook page so his friends and family could see the abuse that his father was giving him.

In return, the gay teenager received an abundance of sympathetic responses. “This physically hurts to read wow.” Said one supporter. “You’re wonderful and an inspiration.” Said another. Many expressed hope that his father would come to accept his sexuality. One user wrote: “I haven’t told my dad because I fear his reaction. I can only hope that your dad can be your dad again.”

The messages that the gay teenager posted soon went viral and attracted attention and support from LGBTs and their advocates around the world.

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Natalie has been an LGBT journalist for 12 years and joined the Fyne team in 2001. Her interests outside of work are cycling, running and badminton. She is also studying for a degree in psychology.

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