Anti-gay commentators tried to shut down this figure skater and instead…they got owned.
Donovan Carrillo was competing in the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Japan last Saturday (September 10).
His performance to the song ‘Hasta Que te Conoci’ was good enough to earn him a spot in the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships and saw praise come from many back in his homeland of Mexico.
I just finished watching your ‘Hasta Que te Conocí’ performance and it’s brilliant!
Hi Donovan! I want to congratulate you and give you my thanks for putting Mexico on the map. You’re amazing!
Many, but not all.
Some used his performance in the sport as an indication of his sexuality, while others suggested that he must be gay if he is a figure skater.
Unhappy with the abuse, Donovan decided to tackle the haters directly.
Taking to Twitter, he said: “I’m not bothered being called gay because I’m not. It infuriates me that people see the word ‘gay’ as a joke or an insult towards my hard work.
“I admire and respect the LGBT community because I’m friends with a lot of their members, but I am not part of that community.
“The fact that I’m an ice skater does not mean that I’m gay. Just like a soccer player isn’t automatically heterosexual.
“I thank everyone for your congratulations and words of encouragement. I hope to not disappoint you. I will continue to train!”
Donovan is not the only one to stand up to homophobes. Recently, a 12-year-old boy stood against 11,000 homophobes marching through the streets of Mexico.
Earlier this year, the Mexican President’s party suffered huge losses in the polls when heannounced his intentions to legalise same-sex marriage.
Watch Donovan’s performance below
By Penny Dice