A couple of days ago I was at the Texas/Mexico bridge walking back towards Mexico. Many people walking this bridge are immigrants or people who have been deported. While I was walking back, I was carrying 3 backpacks with all my clothes and because of this was walking real slow. I saw a line of people waiting to get on a bus to go back to (Mexico or other countries) and some of them were crying. I heard a woman say to her son: "stop crying, boys don't cry so stop it." It really hurt me to hear that, I can only imagine the fear this kid was feeling, the sadness he was feeling and for him to have his emotions shut down and invalidated at such a young age... I know that she didn't mean to say that to her son with ill intentions (and that some people have been taught to believe this) but I think it is important to raise awareness about it. Men do cry, and they should. We all cry, regardless of gender and the more we teach people (and especially men) to bottle it up, the more we teach men that in order to be "strong" you have to be emotionless only perpetuates toxic masculinity in our society. Let us stop raising our boys, girls, kids with rules that tell them they must act and present themselves in a certain way because of their birth certificate. When we see men being vulnerable and emotional, we should not dismiss them as weak. It's OKAY to cry. It is a natural process. Men should not have to be shamed for feeling pain, or for expressing it. Tears have no gender.