If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of homophobic behaviors, including name calling and/or physical assault, you know how traumatizing it can be.
That’s why the story of Blair Wilson is so powerfully compelling and why a photo of him is going viral.
Here’s what happened:
Wilson, 21, was walking home from his mother’s house in the town of Neilston when a stranger decided to be a jerk and call him a “f*ggot.”
Instead of running away, which would have been the safer choice for a lot of people, Blair confronted the smart-ass homophobe.
In a matter of moments, words quickly turned to violence when the hater physically lashed out at Blair, leaving his nose cut, blood running down his face and shirt.
It was then Wilson retreated, but it was his next decision that captured the attention of everyone around the world.
The young man pulled out his phone, and through cuts and blood, took a smiling selfie.
He told the Barrhead News:
“I thought, clearly, this person doesn’t realise how close Neilston is and I just wanted to post something so that, when he sobered up, he might see how much love and support I have.
I knew, as soon as it happened, that I could either keep quiet and feel embarrassed about it or I could shame him over Facebook. As soon as I posted it, even though my nose was still bleeding, I didn’t care.”
“It’s amazing. I’ve heard from so many people I haven’t spoken to in ages and people I don’t even know telling me I’m an inspiration and stuff. It’s made me feel so good about myself.
I did use some choice words in the post, but the message I wanted to get across is you need to stick up for yourself. Maybe don’t go getting yourself hurt, but show them you have friends, you are loved.
I think some people think because you are a different sexuality from them you have no friends and everyone is in the same mindset of them, when the reality is they’re the minority.
You can prove to them you’re much more loved than they will ever be if they live a life of hate.”
Local authorities are now investigating the attack.