Massachusetts teenager David LeCours II penned a beautiful open letter to Britney Spears in The Huffington Post thanking her for giving him strength as he wrestled with feelings of self-hatred and confusion while struggling with being openly gay in 2014.
"You might not remember me, but you have changed my life," LeCours writes to Spears. "I can't believe how much has changed since August of 2014. Back then, I wasn't the person I am today. I was lonely, depressed, and hated what I saw in the mirror because I didn't love myself. The thing that affected me most was my sexuality. Although I had come out to the world and looked happy on the outside, I was not feeling the same on the inside. I didn't understand why God made me this way."
According to one poll conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine, gay kids are 91 percent more likely to be bullied than their straight counterparts and 41 percent more likely to be the victims of violence.
According to LeCours, it was a meeting with Spears followed by a letter from the superstar that began to profoundly affect the way he felt about himself.
"At the meet and greet I not only got to give you (a letter he had written to her), but I also got to hear you tell me how proud you were of me for being so strong. When you told me that, I was so emotional. Hearing you, my inspiration tell me how proud she was of ME was the most rewarding thing to hear. After walking out from meeting you I was then told that you wanted my address to respond to my letter as it meant so much to you, I was overwhelmed.
A few days passed after I got home from my trip to Las Vegas from seeing you. I was sitting at my dining room table when I heard the mail man pull up to my driveway. After seeing him leave, I went to go get the mail and there it was, an envelope from you. When I opened the envelope and read the letter, I bawled my eyes out. It was as if all my emotions I had been feeling for the longest time were being set free. The letter meant and still means more than you will ever know to me, Britney. You helped me when nobody else could and made me change my life for the better."
David LeCours II shows that although it is impossible for anyone — whether celebrity or not — to know just how much they can change someone's life with the simplest acts of kindness, being kind matters.