Over the weekend the internet went wild over the picture of a young boy contemplating his future – and the reason why will break your heart.

Shared by Humans of New York, the snap was accompanied by one simple sentence:

“I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me.”

A week after the USA legalised gay marriage and coming at a time when the debate over marriage equality has been widely focused on across the media, politics and on social media, the photo couldn’t have been more timely.