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A Man's Defiant Tweet Posted After A Violent Anti-Gay Attack Has Gone Viral

Cole Ledford thanked everyone for showing that "love is louder than hate".

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Three days ago, Cole Ledford, a student from Ohio, was punched in the face by a man who saw him kissing his boyfriend.

To the guy who punched me tonight for kissing my boyfriend

Cole Ledford@ColeLedford11Follow

To the guy who punched me tonight for kissing my boyfriend

4:30 AM - 07 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Transcript:

I'm sorry that you called me fag. 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. 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.

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Messages of support began to pour in.

We have gotten tweets from Brazil, Singapore, England, Japan and every part of the world. I am humbled and so thankful for all your support!

Cole Ledford@ColeLedford11Follow

We have gotten tweets from Brazil, Singapore, England, Japan and every part of the world. I am humbled and so thankful for all your support!

4:05 PM - 08 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many had the hashtag #LoveIsLouder.

@ColeLedford11 sorry about the black eye. You're a good man. And your message is beautiful. Keep on snoggin' #LoveIsLouder

Skylar Astin@SkylarAstinFollow

@ColeLedford11 sorry about the black eye. You're a good man. And your message is beautiful. Keep on snoggin' #LoveIsLouder

9:20 PM - 07 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@ColeLedford11 As the mother of a Gay man, I'm proud of you for being better, for showing that #LoveIsLouder Not sure I could be as good!

Kathy Lentz@katlentzFollow

@ColeLedford11 As the mother of a Gay man, I'm proud of you for being better, for showing that #LoveIsLouder Not sure I could be as good!

3:12 AM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He proudly posted pictures of his boyfriend, who supported him.

Thank you for helping me navigate this whole situation and for being such an amazing boyfriend! @JeradWilliams2

Cole Ledford@ColeLedford11Follow

Thank you for helping me navigate this whole situation and for being such an amazing boyfriend! @JeradWilliams2

11:21 PM - 08 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Boyfriend wanted to say hi and thanks for the support! Off to Cleveland to see the fam! #loveislove #youallrock

Cole Ledford@ColeLedford11Follow

Boyfriend wanted to say hi and thanks for the support! Off to Cleveland to see the fam! #loveislove #youallrock

10:15 PM - 07 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And his story started to receive coverage from the mainstream media.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for showing me, and the rest of the world, that love > hate #LoveIsLouder

Cole Ledford@ColeLedford11Follow

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for showing me, and the rest of the world, that love > hate #LoveIsLouder

11:43 PM - 09 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Update: 10 November, 14:15pm GMT. Ledford told BuzzFeed News:

I am doing much better. I still have a black eye but the swelling is down. Emotionally I couldn't be better from all the support. I filed a report through Ohio States system for hate crimes and bias.

I had never experienced anything like this before and to be honest never dreamed it could or would happen to me. My boyfriend has been absolutely amazing through all of this. He has been incredibly supportive. Neither one of us expected a response like this but he has been willing to stand by me and become an active LGBT activist as well. He makes me proud.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and for the impact you are letting me have on the world. I am hoping to continue to take this negative thing that happened to me and turn it into work within the LGBT community. I am humbled and eager to find new ways to get involved with this.