For many of us, our Facebook news feed is peppered with heartwarming and fascinating stories thanks to the page Humans of New York, which shares photographs and quotes from New Yorkers from all walks of life.
But one particular post of a gay teenage boy has captured the heart of internet users this weekend, including Ellen DeGeneres and Hillary Clinton who both took to social media to comment on it.
The photograph shows a young boy with his hand raised to his head alongside the caption: “I'm homosexual and I'm afraid about what my future will be and that people won't like me.”
It has accrued more than 613,000 likes, 58,000 shares and 68,000 comments in support and praise of him.
From her official account, DeGeneres wrote: “Not only will people like you, they’ll love you. I just heard of you and I love you already.”
Meanwhile Hillary Clinton, who is the leading Democratic presidential candidate in America, took to Facebook to offer her words of advice to the youngster. “Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing. 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.”
Clinton signed the message with “-H”, to indicate that she is the author the post.
Some of the most liked responses include "My advice in short: don't focus on being gay or not gay. Focus on being a great human being, and you'll love yourself all the more for it. Big big hug, little guy!" and "Keep your head up, love. Our society is changing and you WILL get the respect and love you deserve."
On 26 June, the US supreme court ruled to legalise same-sex marriage, which Clinton described as a “landmark victory for marriage equality” at the time. The outpouring of advice and support for this Facebook post by Humans of New York, which has over 13 million followers on the social network, just shows that times really are changing.