Over the weekend, thousands of protesters marched in Mexico to protest the adoption of same-sex marriage in the country. In an iconic image described by the Mexican publication Regeneracion as “reminiscent of the ‘tank man’ image the world knows so well,” a 12-year-old Mexican boy attempted to block more than 11,000 anti-gay protesters from marching.
The photograph was taken by journalist Manuel Rodriguez. “At first I thought the child was only playing,” Rodriguez said. But after interviewing the child, he was quoted as saying. “I have an uncle who is gay and I hate the hatred.”
The protest took place in Celaya, Guanajuato, which is one of the 9 Mexican states that have already legalized same-sex marriage. Attempts are currently underway to bring marriage equality to 22 others states in Mexico.
Love and equality may, unfortunately, be divisive issues to some. But this brave boy reminds us all how important it is to take a stand for what’s right. We have no doubt this image will go down in history as one of the most pure examples of LGBT activism the world has ever seen.