Following the release of Mark Wahlberg’s newest film Joe Bell, the actor has shared some of the messages he has received from the parents of LGBT+ youth.
Based on a true story, Joe Bell sees Wahlberg star as “an Oregonian father who pays tribute to his gay teenage son Jadin”, walking across America to speak to people “about the real and terrifying costs of bullying”.
Following its release, Wahlberg was inundated with messages from parents of gay children, which he shared on Instagram.
One parents wrote: “My child attempted suicide in January. They have come out as trans and I will do everything in my power to protect them from the hate in the world.”
Another said: “Thank you for spreading this message of the importance of loving our children for who they really are. This important, brave step forward is about their journey, not ours.”
In his caption, Wahlberg wrote: “Powerful messages – thank you to Paul and the others tag who have reached out. We love hearing how you’ve been moved by Joe Bell’s mission to honor his son and end bullying.”
Wahlberg has also asked fans to share their own stories of LGBT+ acceptance using the hashtag #ThankYouJoeBell.
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, suffering from anxiety or depression, or just want to talk, you can contact The Trevor Project.
via Yahoo! News