An Ohio State University student’s message went viral after he was the victim of a hate crime last week.
Cole Ledford told NBC News he was punched after kissing his boyfriend near the OSU campus. Ledford was left with a swollen face and a black eye.
Ledford took to Twitter and wrote a response to his attacker:
I’m sorry whatever insecurities you have don’t allow you to accept others for who they are. I’m sorry 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.”
To the guy who punched me tonight for kissing my boyfriend pic.twitter.com/SMVmTpDCdL
— Cole Ledford (@ColeLedford11) November 7, 2014
“I was actually so embarrassed by what had happened, I didn’t want it to be a big deal. So I wanted to post that to all my friends here at Ohio State so they knew what had happened and no one would question why I had the black eye,” Ledford told reporters. He has received support and well-wishes from allies around the world.