Teen Makes Bold Statement With T-Shirt Slamming Bullies

"Don't try to hide who you are, because eventually it's bound to come out," Aaron said to Carbonated.TV, speaking on his experience as a gay teen.

A 17-year-old from Houston is making a splash on the internet for wearing a pretty amazing T-shirt to school, BuzzFeed News reports

The teen, known as Aaron, posted a couple of pictures showing off the shirt on Twitter, and the tweet has since gone viral, amassing more than 100,000 favorites and hundreds of replies.

The shirt says, "Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could just be quiet?"

Aaron, who got the clothing from Green Box Shop from a friend, says the message on the shirt stood out to him.

"I picked this specific [shirt] because it spoke to me, and [an] old lesson I was taught when I was younger: If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all," Aaron told Carbonated.TV. "I think it was really powerful.

For the most part, the Twitterverse reacted positively to the post, with many users inquiring about where to purchase the shirt.

Aaron says the responses were similar in real life. 

"People just read it and would be amazed and say 'wow,' and 'I like your shirt,'" he said to Carbonated.TV. 

Once a victim of bullying, Aaron told BuzzFeed News he's had run-ins with homophobia in times past. 

"I have been a victim of bulling because I am gay and, yes, I have overcome all of those obstacles in my life," he said.

And for those still struggling to brush off the naysayers? Aaron has sound advice.

"Don't try to hide who you are, because eventually it's bound to come out," he told Carbonated.TV. "For years I've tried to hide what's really inside, and those years weren't the best, but when I came out people were actually more accepting than I thought."

Additionally, Aaron encourages bystanders to take a stand for what's right: "If you see something being done, don't just stand there and watch — do something [to] make a difference," he said. "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Rick Wilking

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