Michigan 15 year old attacked for being gay, says: “You did not break my spirit.”

Steven Harmon lives in Portage, Michigan. He’s 15. He’s gay. He’s out. And, he got beat up because of that. But, Steven Harmon is one strong-willed kid:

“Swelling, bruising, fractures, a busted lip. Stuff like that,” said Steven Harmon.

“This is going to stop. If his friend wasn’t there it could have put him into a coma or killed him,” said Harmon’s mother Lynette Rocha.

Harmon says he recently told his family and friends he is gay.

He says that while the attack may have caused a lot of physical pain, he is still staying strong.

“You did not break my spirit. I’m still standing here today and I am what I am,” said Harmon.

Don’t let them break your spirit, Steven.


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