Brandon Stanton’s photography project, Humans of New York, gets me every time. Cataloguing everyday New Yorkers through portrait and words, it captures humanity raw and real.
On Friday, Brandon shared his photo of a tearful boy with one simple, heartbreaking caption:
“I’m homosexual, and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me.”
What followed makes my heart want to burst. More than 542,000 people have liked the photo and 49,000 people have left comments of overwhelming support and love, including 2016 Presidential Candidate, Hilary Clinton, who offered this:
“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. Fin the people who love and believe in you – there will be lots of them.”
For all the pointless cat memes and inane celebrity selfies out there, it’s moments like this that shine the spotlight on the power of the internet to connect people from every corner of the globe. To make the world feel much smaller. To make the smallest voices be heard and create a community that lifts up and protects those that need it most. Sometimes the internet is a very good place filled with very good people.