Young Boy Blocks Anti-Gay Protesters To Stop ‘The Hate’
This past Saturday people took to the streets in 27 of Mexico’s 31 states to protest gay marriage and adoption by same sex. The march, organized by the Episcopal Conference of Mexico also caused anger from thousands of other people. Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), also came to demand that their human rights be respected. But nothing caught the attention of the media more than the action of a 12-year-old boy who blocked the way of the protesters.
“Tengo un tío gay, no me gusta que lo odien”: niño vs. marcha anti matrimonios igualitarios. https://t.co/CkOA28axt5 pic.twitter.com/bQj3NtU08v
— Regeneración (@RegeneracionMx) September 12, 2016
The incident occurred in the streets of Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico during demonstrations of the National Front for the Family on Saturday September 10th.
Journalist Manuel Rodriguez took the photo of the brave young man as he stood before a marching crowd of more than 11,000 people. The photo shows him standing in the middle of the street with his arms stretched out in an attempt to stop the crowd.
According to the local newspaper Regeneración, Rodriguez thought the kid was just playing around. “At first I thought the child was only playing,” explained the photographer, who later approached the child to find out his motives. The boy’s answer was a simple one, one of concern for his uncle. “I have an uncle who is gay and I hate that I hate.”
Currently, same-sex marriage is allowed in several states in Mexico, including Coahuila, Quintana Roo, Jalisco, Nayarit, Chihuahua and Sonora, as well as Mexico City. Other states do not allow same-sex marriage.
The photo brings back memories of the 1989 demonstrations for democracy on Tiananmen Square in China. A student known as “Tank Man” courageously stood in front of a Tank as the world watch on