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Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary Clinton reach out to gay teen on Facebook

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Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.

See Ellen DeGeneres and Hillary Clinton's encouraging words for a gay teen on social media

Ellen DeGeneres and Hillary Clinton are making their support for gay rights known — especially to one teen.

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Both the openly gay talk show host and the 2016 presidential hopeful commented on a photo posted to the popular photojournalism blog Humans of New York. The photo, which shows a young boy holding his head in his hands, is captioned with the boy's own words: "I'm homosexual and I'm afraid about what my future will be and that people won't like me."

Humans of New York is no stranger to viral posts, but an outpouring of support quickly made this photo one of the most popular ever to hit the site.

And with all that support, the photo caught the attention of a couple of celebs.

Clinton was first to weigh in, commenting on the post on Facebook July 3, "Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing. You will surprise yourself with what you're capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you — there will be lots of them."

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The comment racked up nearly 70,000 likes by the end of the day, and Humans of New York responded, simply, "Thanks for this Ms. Clinton."

And shortly after, Ellen DeGeneres took to the page to offer her own encouraging words.

"Not only will people like you, they'll love you," DeGeneres wrote in her own comment. "I just heard of you and I love you already."

The post, which has been liked nearly 300,000 times, comes a week after the U.S. Supreme Court made the historic decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

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What are your thoughts on Humans of New York's viral photo? Do you have some encouraging words of your own to add? Head down to the comments and let us know.

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