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This man had a sparkly surprise for strangers who shouted homophobic abuse at him

A man subjected to homophobic abuse by a stranger in a passing car responded in the most incredible way - by emptying a tube of glitter in his attacker's car.

Nick Hurley was walking home from work along Whitworth Street in Manchester city centre on Friday when he was called a ‘f****t’.

He was packed to celebrate Pride weekend in Brighton - so decided to make use of the biodegradable glitter he was carrying.

Thousands of people have praised Nick for his actions and his method of ‘glitter activism'. Credit: MEN Media

It might’ve been the sunshine, it might’ve been the absolute exhaustion from a week of work, or maybe it was just the use of that word in such close proximity to my plans of spending the weekend celebrating the exact opposite of the hate it evoked.

It was such a gratifying, and visually whimsical response to their prejudice. A punishment which seemed fitting for the crime.

– Nick Hurley, via Medium

The 27-year-old designer acted when the car stopped at a set of traffic lights.

Nick said the two men looked horrified, before the car sped away.

He decided the share details of the incident on Twitter - adding “Your casual homophobia has super-gay consequences.”

The response has been phenomenal. Nick’s post has been retweeted more than 17,000 times - and liked more than 150,000 times.

I have had death threats, a glass bottle thrown at me, a brick thrown at my house, all of these things have happened in Manchester. I have been thrown off my bike while cycling to work.

This isn’t the most horrific crime that has happened to me, but I wanted to raise awareness - in a funny way.

– Nick Hurley

Nick has used the opportunity to raise money for LGBT charity Stonewall.

Nick used the attention the tweet garnered to raise money for the LGBT charity Stonewall. Credit: Nick Hurley/ Twitter