On Saturday, Frente Nacional por la Familia had an anti-gay march in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. One 12-year-old boy stood directly in the path of the march, facing the marchers head on.
Frente Nacional is a "pro-family" organization, promoting the idea of one man and one woman in marriage with a "natural" family.
The organization states on its site that its members are trying to defend the most important institution of society: marriage between a man and woman.
As marchers were coming down the street in Celaya, the boy stood in the middle of the road, arms outstretched.
The photographer who captured the picture at the time, journalist Manuel Rodriguez, thought that the boy was just playing around, according to Regeneracion.
When Rodriguez asked the preteen about it, he told Rodriguez that he has a gay uncle. He said that he doesn’t like it when his uncle receives hatred for it from people — like the 11,000 he tried to stop in the march.
Social media users have been sharing and commenting on the photo, many praising the boy for his bravery and compassion.
This viral photo has been compared to the one of “Tank Man” from the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 in China, where a man stood in front of four tanks to stop them from advancing.
Unfortunately, only a couple states in Mexico fully license and recognize same-sex marriage. According to Reuters, though the Mexican president proposed allowing same-sex marriage nationally, only a few states currently permit it.
This boy’s single act has sparked compassion in others and showed that anyone, no matter how big or small, can stand up for what they believe in.
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