Humans of New York recently posted a photo on their popular Facebook page, but Facebook administrators took it down shortly after going up. The page, known for posting photos of New Yorker’s with captions from their interviews, had posted a photograph of a teen boy, almost in tears, with the caption, “I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me.”
The post didn’t feature nudity or any offensive material, which is what is required for Facebook to remove a picture. The creator of the company, Brandon Stanton, posted to inform his followers what he knew of the situation.
“Seems that Facebook removed the young man’s brave statement and is now preventing me from uploading any further photos, the HONY owner stated. “I’m hoping it was a mistake. It is currently still on Instagram and I’m trying to figure out how to get it back up. “
Facebook commentators suggested the possibility that someone may have reported the photo as offensive, but considering the popularity of the page (13 million likes), someone would have double-checked the picture. Although details as to what occurred were not revealed, the photograph went back up on Facebook and hundred of thousands of HONY followers have been commenting on the post to show their support for the young boy, including presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
“Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing,” Clinton comments. “You will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you—there will be lots of them. –H”
Support for the LGBT community has been booming all over the social media since the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, and it appears that this young man has thousands of people cheering him on.