Protect these teens at all costs.
When this 17-year-old from Houston showed up to school and made a serious statement with a simple T-shirt:
Aaron told BuzzFeed News he was drawn to buy the shirt because he had “had problems in the past with people being homophobic.”
“I have been a victim of bullying because I am gay, and yes, I have overcome all of those obstacles in my life, and when I saw the shirt I was amazed because of the message the shirt says,” he said of his decision to buy the shirt.
It was, indeed, a look to save us from the entirety of 2017.
This tweet that will forever be too pure for words:
“I was just taking selfies in this amazing bathroom and then my friend Madaline joined me, and then Ellie and Jeffry came in,” Emile, 19, told BuzzFeed News of the impromptu photo shoot.
*Cries pure tears*
…only to have some Twitter account steal the photo and make them out to be a heterosexual couple (smh).
Don’t worry, they set the record ~straight~.
“Harold, they're lesbians!”
Especially this one:
When this 12-year-old came out as gay to her entire congregation in an inspiring speech:
“I know I'm not a horrible sinner for being who I am,” she begins. Two minutes into her speech, church officials cut her off.
When this teen confronted an ugly, transphobic tweet directed towards her:
“I would like to say that I don’t mind being the target of discrimination as long as I’m inspiring others to be themselves and educating the world,” the 17-year-old said of her reaction.
“The tweet was basically fishing for transphobic comments just for pure entertainment, in my opinion,” she told BuzzFeed News. “So I decided to stand up for myself.”
And this group of high school students who got to attend their very first queer prom:
When this teen’s epic glo up tweet caused a complete avalanche…
… of people thinking, “Yeah, same.”
You can never have too much self-love, especially during a year like this one.
When queer teens showed us what fun really looks like at this summer camp in North Carolina:
And, of course, each and every young person who took those first, slightly terrifying, steps out of the closet this year:
For all the LGBT teens who stood up for themselves, for others, and for their community this year — we don’t deserve you.
Keep on thriving into 2018, we need you!