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16-Year-Old Figure Skater Shuts Down Gay-Baiting Trolls

"It infuriates me that you all see the word gay as a joke or an insult."

Set to the Juan Gabriel classic “Hasta Que te Conocí," 16-year-old Donovan Carrillo's routine at the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Yokohama, Japan was an instant favorite with judges and fans alike.

Video of the Saturday performance quickly went viral, with many social media users coming out to congratulate the Mexican teen.

"I just finished watching your ‘Hasta Que te Conocí’ routine and it was brilliant," wrote one user.

"Hi Donovan! I want to congratulate and thank you for bringing Mexico into the world of skating! You are fantastic," tweeted another.

Some, however, chose to attack Carrillo with anti-gay slurs for skating to a song by Gabriel.

"Another faggot!"

"I read a comment that said, 'You barbarians made the kid gay," shared a disgruntled commenter. "Made? He was already gay! LOL"

Though no one would have blamed him for ignoring the hateful comments, Donovan decided to confront them head on.

"It doesn't bother me that you call me gay because I'm not," he explained. "It infuriates me that you all see the word gay as a joke or an insult to my hard work."

"I admire and respect the LGBT community because I'm friends with many of its members, but I'm not part of the community."

"The fact that I skate doesn't make me gay," he concluded. "Just like how a soccer player isn't automatically straight."

"I thank everyone for their congratulations and words of encouragement. I hope to not disappoint you. I will continue to train!"

In a world full of homophobic trolls, we're glad people like Donovan exist.

Check out his stellar routine below.

Donovan will next compete at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Tapei City.

h/t: Pink News

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