Degas Sikorski worked at a Party City in Canada to put himself through college when he received an anonymous “valentine” that read: “Faggot. You are not getting shifts for a reason.”
His mother posted the photo on Facebook, and it then went viral and caught the eye of out gay politician Randy Boissonnault.
Boissonnault presented Sikorski with a new Valentine’s Day card with words of support from various politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who wrote: “Dear Degas, know that your friends outnumber the haters by the millions and I’m one of those friends.”
Sikorski was overwhelmed with the support. He told CBC News:
It was hard not to cry at the moment when I saw that somebody who I see as above me and almost godly in my eyes, as you’re taught in high school, is giving me a personal message. It just took all the words out of my mouth. I knew equality and LGBTQ issues were a thing for Justin Trudeau, I just didn’t think that an issue that I experienced myself would be so close to home for him.”