Coming out to your family can be a difficult thing to do. Many in the LGBTQ community are afraid that they won’t be accepted by their family members and even worse, disowned or abandoned. It’s a common narrative, unfortunately, that many parents do not support their children after coming out. Time and time again, we hear how horribly they treat their children for just being themselves.
Recently, a post went viral on Reddit about a guy name Chad whose mom, Christine, is clearly the absolute worst excuse for a human. The post showcased a letter from Chad’s grandfather, who decided to take him in after Christine totally kicked him out—for being gay.
The letter says:
I’m disappointed in you as a daughter. You’re correct that we have a “shame in the family,” but mistaken about what it is.
Kicking Chad out of your home simply because he told you he was gay is the real “abomination” here. A parent disowning her child is what goes “against nature.”
The only intelligent thing I heard you saying in all this was that “you didn’t raise your son to be gay.” Of course you didn’t. He was born this way and didn’t choose it anymore than he [chose] being left-handed. You however, have made a choice of being hurtful, narrow-minded and backward.
So, while we are in the business of disowning our children, I think I’ll take this moment to say goodbye to you. I now have a fabulous (as the guy put it) grandson to raise, and I don’t have time for heartless b-word of a daughter.
If you find your heart, give us a call.
One person wrote: “I love this grandpa, and I love that he left a window open for his daughter if she figures out what b-word she’s been.”
Another said: “This is AWESOME. I’ve gotta say, some of the coolest people I’ve ever met are people are grandparents. They have seen it all and know what’s up. Well, some of them. ;)”
And, another added: “That kid has an amazing grandpa.”
For sure, this grandpa is an example of how a family should always treat each other—no matter how they identify.