Boy subjected to homophobic bullying was supported by celebrities

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A musical theater teacher posted on Twitter a story of one of her adorable little pupils named Charlie who is in love with theater in general and West End in part, and his peers bully him for it because to their mind it means he is gay. And they often subject Charlie to verbal abuse and group physical attacks. “I know many people face bullies everyday and many have in their lifetime. But I wondered if you wouldn’t mind, if you have time sending me a little video to cheer him up, maybe some advice, your own stories, how you didn’t let them stop you, what you are doing now,” the supportive teacher wrote. Cast members of musicals like Aladdin, Hamilton, Wicked, Mama Mia, Book of Mormon, Come from Away, The Lion King, Kinky Boots and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie all sent videos to Charlie, and the hashtag #cheerupcharlie was trending in the UK on July 16th. Layton Williams, star of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, sent a message from his dressing room to say: “Hi Charlie, it’s Layton here. I just wanted to send you a little message in the hopes that it would cheer you up. I hear that you are coming to see the show in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait to meet you.”

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