A child’s worst fear when dealing with homosexuality is being disowned by their family. In a world that already seems lonely, not having the support of parents makes an already harsh world seem much more cruel. Such was the case for one boy who was kicked out and disowned by his mother after revealing that he was gay. As Time reports on October 3, a letter by the boy’s grandfather to the mother stating his disappointment in her has gone viral.
The unidentified grandfather told his daughter in the letter that her love for her son should extend beyond his sexuality. The motherly love should be unconditional. In the letter he wrote:
“I’m disappointed in you as a daughter. 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 letter was first posted on FCKH8.com and has drawn praise for its honesty and symbolism of support demonstrated by the grandfather. Unlike his daughter, he is standing up for his grandson because he loves every aspect of who he is and most importantly shows an understanding that his grandson was born to be the person he and deserves to be loved. He continued:
“He was born this way and didn’t choose it more than he 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 children, I think I’ll take this moment to say goodbye to you. I now have a fabulous (as he gay [sic] put it] grandson to raise…”
It is this type of support shown that is instilling more comfort in young people who are deciding to come out. Even within rejection, just knowing someone out there will continue to love them is a much more meaningful aspect in their search for self-acceptance.