A man has posted an open letter to his little sister’s bully after she was told it was “disgusting” she had a gay brother.
Joseph Flinders, from Manchester, composed his response on Facebook after sibling Lola, 11, told him what had happened.
The 21-year-old said admitted he was angry when he began the post, but that as he wrote it he began to feel sorry for the bully.
The letter was accompanied by a picture of Flinders and his sister enjoying the Pride parade in Manchester last month, as he goes on to say how proud he is of his “accepting” sister.
It reads: "An open letter to the odious little toad who gave my baby sister a hard time for having a gay big brother. I just wanted to give an example of what a decent upbringing looks like.
"This is a photo I took of us at the gay pride parade, which she asked to attend with me. I think that's pretty cool of an eleven-year-old, don't you?
"I've never known such an accepting, compassionate, loving child and I don't want your hate-filled existence making her any less than she is.
"I'm not confrontational but this is a nerve I wouldn't touch if I were you. Thankfully, you're a dying breed and I imagine this is the last generation that'll have to endure narrow-minded tools.
"I think she's pretty great and she's prouder than ever to tell people her brother is gay. So enjoy spreading hate to nobody that gives a toss."
Since sharing his response, the Facebook post has had more than 400 likes and 67 supportive comments.
Including the one that his mother, Debra Brown wrote: ""You have to feel a bit (and only a teeny weeny bit) sorry for kids like the 'odious toad' mentioned…because they weren't born homophobic; they are obviously being influenced by family members…
"I am so proud of you as my son and as a really lovely, hard-working, intelligent and extremely funny bloke.
"I am equally proud of my little Lola, who is the sweetest and sassiest girl I know."
Lola told her brother she had been approached by the unnamed bully who overheard her talking to her friend.
Flinders, who is a radio producer, told BuzzFeed: "I noticed Lola started getting a bit teary one night so asked what was wrong and she said she didn't want to tell me because I'll be upset.
"I said I doubt it, Lola, it's not very easy to upset me - but she was right, it did upset me – because she was upset about it.
"I responded in a way that made it seem a lot smaller that it was because I didn't want her to know that I was sad for her.
"I started to think about what I was saying in the post and I felt a bit sorry for this kid – he's not got a bloody chance, he's destined to be like the generation before him, which I'm sad about, but it's not his fault.
"You're not born homophobic. Lola was such a clean slate so when I told her I was gay it was no issue because it's not an issue until you're taught it's one."