We're so sorry we didn't hear about this sooner.
Not only is Ryan one of the nicest guys on the planet, he's also a strong supporter for Gay and Lesbian rights, having taken part personally in the NOH8 campaign (pic below).
In the picture above, posted to his Facebook, Ryan exposes himself to inspire others to stay strong in their own battles, whatever it may be.
Here's what he said about it:
This shot was taken by Sergey Poberezhny. While I feel that it's best to let artistic expression be judged by those viewing it, know this: it was both terrifying, humiliating, and liberating all at the same time. There are a few messages to you all in this photo. I love you all and thank you for your support:
To those of us that are currently afflicted, soldier on.
To those whose loved ones feel restricted, soldier on.
To those that fight a battle from inside, soldier on.
To those that share the war outside, solider on.
We're saddened to hear about his diagnosis, and all of our thoughts and energy go to him in his time of need.
You can do this, Ryan.
[Image via Facebook.]