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Gay couple bullied online after picture of them holding hands in public goes viral

2015-04-20
A gay couple have been the target of homophobic internet trolls after a picture of them went viral. An image of Noparuj Kaendi and Thorsten Mid holding hands on Bangkok's SkyTrain during an LGBT festival in the city went viral after it was shared on the Facebook page of news website BV Patrol over the weekend (April 18). Check out the picture, which has been shared over 10,000 times, below:
 Couple
Despite the caption reading: "Support them. Don't be bitter," the picture attracted a wealth of scathing, homophobic comments. One user suggested that "Foreigners are fond of pets," while another added: “I now believe that potions work.” After seeing the criticism on Facebook, Kaendi took to Instagram to thank those who had left positive comments on the picture, adding that he and his boyfriend "weren't surprised" that some people didn't approve of their relationship.
"To be honest I wasn’t so surprised when random people walked to us last night and showed us all these candid pictures of us that have been posted the whole evening. It happened before, same time last year and all the nasty comments left me nothing but worries and tears. This year though, in the other hand, Thorsten and I, unexpectedly, are so thankful and overwhelmed by the storm of your huge support. We never meant to try to be under the spotlight and all… But thank y’all anyway."
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