Caitlin Flynn
Updated Feb 13, 2017 @ 2:21 pm
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The downside of social media is trolls — better known as people who apparently have nothing better to do with their time than harass strangers. When a troll attempted to bully 19-year-old Trayvon Dickerson on Twitter, the waiter and makeup artist responded to a homophobic tweet in the best way possible.

Dickerson, who hopes to be an inspiration to LGBT youth, went viral on social media when he posted photos of some of his best looks accompanied by the trending hashtag #BlackGaySlay. Although his tweet got an overwhelmingly positive response, one troll posted a homophobic, cruel tweet.

A stranger on Twitter used one of Dickerson’s photos without permission, captioning it: “Ya son come home from college like this, crying asking you to accept him, what you doing?”

It is the first time Dickerson has been trolled on Twitter, although he has seen it happen to other members of the LGBT+ community — and he posted the perfect response.

Just two days later, Dickerson’s response to the Twitter troll has received 99,000 likes and 36,000 retweets.

Many of the people who came forward to defend Dickerson on Twitter were complete strangers — and he says he’s incredibly moved by the outpouring of support.

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Countless members of the LGBT+ and other marginalized communities are trolled on Twitter every day, and Dickerson just set an amazing example of how to respond to these cruel tweets.