A disabled gay teenager from Costa Rica has found freedom after posting an inspirational video on YouTube for the It Gets Better Project.
Alex, 16, who suffers from brittle bone disease and is in a wheel chair, came out only last year and was amazed by the level of acceptance he received from his friends and family.
Having previously suffered from bullying due to his disability, Alex has found the acceptance of his sexuality liberating.
'I know how it feels when people look at you and what people see first is not a person,' he said.
'They see the poor guy in a wheelchair. They dont think that I have feelings, that I can think or that I can love.
'Now I've started feeling free for the first time in my life.'
During the video Alex offers a few words of advice: 'If you're insecure… if you're not sure about your life or you're trying to hide yourself you cannot do that.
'You are what you are and that's what makes you different from everyone else.'
Alex, who dreams of becoming a professional singer, also gives a brief rendition of Lady Gaga's song Born This Way.
Lady Gaga appeared in the Google Chrome: It Gets Better video last May and has also delivered similar messages using the campaign's slogan during her live concerts.
Launched in September 2010, the It Gets Better project aims to give assurance to gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers who have low self esteem due to bullying or discrimination.
Watch the video below: