A gay Ohio student's message to his homophobic attacker has gone viral.

Cole Ledford was attacked this week by another man who disapproved of him kissing his boyfriend in public.

Ledford responded to his attacker in a tweet, which included a photo of his injuries. As of Sunday afternoon, Ledford's defiant message had been retweeted more than 32,000 times.

“I'm sorry that you called me fag,” Ledford said in his tweet. “I'm sorry you hit me for no reason. 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,” he continued.

“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,” he added.

Ledford said he was overwhelmed by the response.

“We have gotten tweets from Brazil, Singapore, England, Japan and every part of the world,” he said in a tweet Saturday. “I am humbled and so thankful for all your support.”