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
“I'm sorry that you called me fag,”
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
“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
“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