In recent months, there has been a great swell of public support for and within the LGBT community, and our news feeds have been flooded all summer with the promise that love can indeed win. But as many positive movements as have been made on the civil rights front -- most recently, the SCOTUS decision to legalize same-sex marriage across all 50 states in the U.S. -- there is still a lot of work to be done on the societal end.
Sam Smith, for example, recently fought back against a hateful parody account that used a photo of him and titled itself "GaySamSmith" with a disturbingly homophobic bio line which reads (censored), "There is a f--, his name is sam. when he's on, I like to cry. he is gay but that's okay, we can all make fun of him."
Smith posted a screengrab image of the account on his own Instagram page and wrote that while the detestable language used isn't particularly bothersome to him, he wanted to expose the page as a reminder that there are still very real instances of homophobia lurking throughout social media, and society at large.
"This genuinely doesn't offend me, coz I'm way too tick skinned when it comes to this kind of s--t," wrote Smith. "BUT I just wanted to share this with everyone, so you can see how homophobia is still SO PRESENT in our society!!"
The account has since been removed from Instagram.