Zea, The Ohio Girl Who Stood Up To A Homophobic Preacher, Is Everyone’s New Hero

Sometimes, the loudest voice is the one that doesn’t say a word — just ask this little girl.

Zea, a 7-year-old first grader, stood firm in the face of hate over the weekend at a celebration of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. When a preacher began ranting at her through a microphone, little Zea quietly waved her rainbow flag and never backed down.

Her father, Ryan Bowling, posted video of the remarkable confrontation on YouTube. He wrote that it took place over the weekend at ComFest, an annual music and arts festival in Columbus, Ohio that turned into an impromptu celebration of Friday’s decision.

Zea didn’t just flash the flag at that hatemonger, and bail. They went toe to toe, for several minutes, while he bellowed all of his fire and brimstone right in her face,” Bowling wrote on Facebook. “Grown man vs first grader. She told me afterward that she did feel scared. The one thing the people of ‪#‎comfest2015‬ never let her feel though? Alone.”

The encounter was also caught on camera by Mara Gruber:

Better version of the photo of the awesome kid! I love ComFest! Hope everyone had a good and safe weekend! I’ll post more photos this week!

Posted by Mara Gruber on Monday, June 29, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-07-04 at 12.18.52 AMThe original photo, taken by Zea’s father Ryan Bowling, which has gone insanely viral on the Internet, has been turned into a t-shirt, with proceeds going to Zea as well as an LGBT nonprofit to be chosen by her family.

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2 Responses to Zea, The Ohio Girl Who Stood Up To A Homophobic Preacher, Is Everyone’s New Hero

  1. Pingback: Zea, The Ohio Girl Who Stood Up To A Homophobic Preacher, Is Everyone’s New Hero | Believers vs Non-Believers | Scotties Toy Box

  2. meinwords says:

    I didn’t hear one word of hate out of that man’s mouth. He never once said anything hateful or derogatory about gays. I heard him pleading the love of Christ. We all have the freedom of speech. Just like these people have the right to express their views, he also does as well.

    I am a Christian. I don’t support same-sex marriage. Yes, I still love anyone who does. No, I’m not judging or condemning anyone to hell. But realize that stereotyping and name-calling is exactly what you don’t want done to you. If some people are fire and brimstone, hate-filled, that is wrong, and that is not all of us.

    My message is the gospel, and that we are ALL sinners, no matter what the sin. Jesus was God incarnate, and because of that, was able to pay the price for sin by dying as God’s sacrifice in our place. We are given this free gift of grace, available to anyone who repents and turns from their sin. No sin is greater than the other.

    God Bless,

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