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Stranger Things Star Noah Schnapp Celebrates First Pride In NYC & Fends Off Trolls

Noah Schnapp Celebrates First Pride In NYC & Fends Off Trolls

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And fans were ready to defend him from the predictable homophobic backlash.

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Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp celebrated his first Pride this year, and fans were determined not to let the homophobes bring him down.

The actor came out in January, sharing a casual TikTok in which he joked that none of his friends and family were taken by surprise when he broke the news. That meant this summer marked his first out and proud Pride month, which he celebrated in New York City over the weekend.

Sharing a photo of himself frolicking in the fountain with other Pride-goers in Washington Square Park, along with a snap of him with his mom and later with a friend in a pool, Schnapp simply wrote, “First pride,” with a heart emoji.

As is always the case when any celebrity posts LGBTQ+ content, homophobes got up in arms and decided to make their bigotry known. Some declared they were unfollowing Schnapp for being gay, while others who have fallen for conservatives’ war against LGBTQ+ visibility denounced Pride events as an affront to the imaginary children they always seem so keen on defending (at the expense, of course, of actual LGBTQ+ kids and teens).

But Schnapp’s fans did all the firing back for him, calling out negativity and offering their own words of support.

“people that say they’re going to unfollow him just because of his sexuality need to grow up,” wrote @wafturedits, while @m.diarra.a called “all these homophobes in the comments” “embarrassing.”

Another user wisely pointed out that “These comments are literally the reason we should have Pride,” reminding everyone that Pride is about refusing to be silenced and invisible no matter how obnoxious the bigots get in demanding otherwise.

And then there’s the other reason Pride is still so important—getting to be in a welcoming space among people who understand your world.

Or as @annielidlove summed it up in this particular instance: “The pure joy in that first picture is so beautiful.”

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.