Gay teen attacked, then sends classy message to attacker

Openly gay college student responds to attacker via Twitter. (x)

Openly gay college student responds to attacker via Twitter. (x)

An openly gay college student was attacked and recently became a viral sensation. Cole Ledford, an undergraduate student at Ohio State University, was punched in the face on Thursday after kissing his boyfriend, Jerad.

Shortly after the incident, Ledford took to his Twitter to tweet photos of himself and Jerad. He also posted a message to his attacker filled with poise and class. Ledford wrote:

“To the guy who punched me tonight for kissing my boyfriend,
I’m sorry that you called me fag. I’m sorry you hit me for no reason.
I’m sorry that whatever insecurities you have don’t allow you to accept others for who they are. I’m sorry that I threaten you.”
I’m NOT sorry I’m gay. I’m proud to be this way. I’m proud to be confident enough to love who I love and to love me.
I’m proud to have friends and family that love me regardless of me. Honestly, I’m not sorry.”

The message has gone viral, being retweeted over 26,000 times. He then posted a follow-up message thanking people for their support and writing, “Love is love.”

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