Leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, took to Facebook on Friday to offer words of encouragement and advice from a ‘grown-up’ to a gay teen worried about his future.
Clinton shared her kind words in response to a photo posted by the page of Humans of New York, a project run by photographer Brandon Stanton.
“I’m a homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me,” Stanton quotes the teenager captured in his photograph as saying.
Less than an hour after Stanton posted the photo, the official Clinton campaign Facebook account left the following comment: “Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing. You will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you – there will be lots of them.”
The message was signed ‘-H’ to indicate that she had written the post herself.
Clinton’s deputy communications director for the Hillary for America campaign, Kristina Schake, shared the comment on Twitter:
A few hours after the post was shared on Facebook, it was removed without explanation. Brandon Stanton, the creator of Humans of New York posted the following message:
After complaints from the blog’s fans, Facebook reversed the decision and allowed the photo to be reposted. However, the former Secretary of State’s message was missing.