Coming out to your family isn’t always easy. After all, four in ten LGBT American adults say they have been rejected by family or friends after coming out. On top of that, thirty percent have been physically attacked for their sexual orientation.
Worst case scenario is when your family disowns you for who you are, and that’s exactly what happened to a young man named Chad whose mother, Christine, couldn’t handle the fact her son was anything but straight.
Lucky for Chad, he has an awesome Grandpa to not only take him in and raise him, but to stand up to his daughter – Chad’s mom.
You might expect a grandfather, or someone from an older generation, to be less tolerant or homophobic, but in this case, it is the mother who is completely backwards.
The letter Chad’s Grandpa sent to his mother has gone viral on Reddit, and for good reason, this is one awesome Grandpa!
The letter reads:
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.
In a survey referenced by CBSnews.com, 1,197 adults were surveyed and most found themselves thinking they were something other than straight around 12 years old. The same survey found that the average age for coming out to family or friends was 20.
Sadly, homeless youth often find themselves out on the streets because their parents kicked them out after they came out.
94 percent of homeless youth service providers report serving LGBT youth. Around forty percent of their clients are LGBT youth. In addition, survey findings suggest that thirty percent of clients in housing programs are LGBT.
The Internet is giving mad props to the cool grandpa who stood up for his grandson.
On Reddit, one person wrote: “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. ;)”
Another person replied: “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.”
This grandpa proves how family SHOULD act – while the mother proves how family should NOT act.