The post that moved the network. Idan Peleg, a seventh grader from Givatayim, spoke online about an act of bullying he suffered after coming out of the closet. The network embraced him and soon his post reached tens of thousands of views and comments. In a conversation with Israel Hayom, he says: "My friends were very happy and excited for me, the close environment is very supportive of me."
The boy shared that for a while he was teased about being gay, and said that one of the reasons he chose to come forward is the recent anti-LGBT discourse, "We are also at the beginning of Pride Month and I think this is the time and stage to publicize it. It's important for me to say that it doesn't matter what a person's sexual orientation is."
Keren, Idan's mother, said he did not consult her before posting but she fully supports him: "I saw it while he was in school. He's a kid who knows how to talk about things, is confident enough and I trust him 100% that if he feels, can, and wants to share widely, I have no problem with that. I know my child, support him and love him."
"He never had to come out to me, it's been clear to me since he was a baby, as surprising as it sounds. I'm shocked by the comments, I'm bursting with messages from my friends I haven't spoken to in a long time. They've been messaging me – since it came up, there's been a flood of embracing responses."
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