The straight New York cop whose online message of support of LGBTI rights has gone viral has spoken to Gay Star News, saying the response has been ‘seriously amazing.’
‘I definitely didn’t expect it,’ dad-of-one Aaron told us. ‘I’m glad it could do a lot of positive for a lot of people. It truly makes me smile.’
He continued: ‘My inbox has been flooded with people telling me I gave them hope, that they cried, smiled. The thank you’s… It’s seriously amazing.
‘I have people from high school messaging me that I haven’t talked to in years being like “Dude, I’m proud to know you.”’
‘I didn’t think it was a big deal when I did it’
In recent years Aaron has charted his weight loss on social media and on his blog under the alias ‘Huge Fat Loser’, gaining thousands of followers.
But it was his message of support to the queer community that gave him his ‘break the internet’ moment, generating global headlines.
‘Truthfully though, I didn’t think it was a big deal when I did it. I just thought what I was doing was right,’ he furthermore adds.
I’ll be out there working at Pridefest today wearing this shirt under my uniform for a lot of reasons. For my step brother. For my priest. For my aunts who died before they could be legally married. For my cousin. For all of the cops I have worked with over the years, including one of the best partner’s I’ve ever shared a sector car with. For my classmate in High School who’s parents made him sleep in a tent in his yard. For the man who cried on my shoulder about losing his partner on 9/11. For every call I went to where someone got kicked out of their house or who’s family just didn’t understand. For anyone who’s had to hide who they are. I’ve got your back. Love is Love. #loveislove #pride #pride🌈 #prideparade #nypd #igotyou #freehugs #beyourself #newyork #newyorkcity
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‘I was raised to accept everyone, love everyone. A lot of cops are that way too and I really hope that this brings everyone closer together.’
‘I can never understand why people give up on their kids for being who they are’
Aaron and his wife have an infant daughter with another child on the way. His family have also loved the response to the picture.
‘I have the most supportive family ever,’ he says. ‘Which is why I can never understand why people give up on their kids for being who they are. It genuinely hurts me.
‘I always say this quote to people, if my son or daughter came up to me and said “Dad I like boys” or “I like girls” my response would always be, “Well I hope you like ice cream, because we’re going to Carvel!”‘
So, is Aaron our straight ally of the year? Quite possibly!