Hillary Clinton offers reassurance to gay youth in Facebook posting

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Hillary Clinton offers encouragement to gay youth in this Facebook post.

WASHINGTON — Boosting her social media outreach to younger voters, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seeking to offer reassurance to gay youths in a posting that is drawing wide online attention.

“Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing,” Clinton wrote Friday on the Facebook page for Humans of New York, a popular blog. “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 Democratic presidential candidate made the comment below a picture of an unnamed boy on that Facebook page with a tearful expression and a captioned quote that reads, “I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me.”

The Clinton campaign confirmed Sunday that the posting, which is signed with an “H,” came personally from her. The posting has since drawn more than 55,000 comments and 600,000 “likes” as of Sunday evening and her reaction was noted in various news reports.

Clinton has been seeking to embrace youth culture and LGBT rights activism, having put the issue of same-sex marriage near the forefront of her campaign.

The former secretary of state backed same-sex marriage in 2013 after she left the State Department. That followed President Barack Obama‘s announcement during the 2012 presidential campaign that he supported marriage equality.

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