Even in 2019 there are still people who cannot tolerate or understand the LBGTQ community. Its a heartbreaking battle many people face, more so in their own families.
Sometimes, with everything being campaigned for within the LBGTQ community, it makes us think that things are getting better, but sadly, it can also have the opposite affect.
A report from GLAAD‘s annual Accelerating Acceptance stated that the number of Americans between the ages of 18 to 34 that are comfortable being around the LGBTQ community has declined from 63% in 2016 to 45% in 2018. This change in attitudes is worrying as the the younger generation are thought to be more open-minded than their parents.
CEO of The Harris Poll, John Gerzema, explained:
“We count on the narrative that young people are more progressive and tolerant”
“These numbers are very alarming and signal a looming social crisis in discrimination.”
It’s been discovered that 36% of young people are uncomfortable learning a family member was LGBTQ. This means that ‘coming out’ is still a very difficult experience for many people, for those who are revealing their true feelings or those who are hearing it.
Family support is a huge part of life and not having it can be a horrific thing to deal with.
This handwritten letter by a grandfather supporting his gay grandson, tried to show his heartless daughter the meaning of unconditional love and acceptance.
The boy bravely decided to tell his mother, Christine, that he was gay but was completely rejected by her and called an ‘abomination’ and ‘against nature.’
The thought of being disowned by your own mother is truly horrid. A mother is supposed to love you no matter what.
Chad, the boy, wasn’t alone thought as his kind and caring grandfather stood up for him in the best way and told his daughter just how awful she has been.
The letter read:
I’m disappointed in you as a daughter. You’re correct that we have 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 any more than he being left-handed. You, however, have made the 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 gay 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.”
How incredible is that?
This letter oozes acceptance and being proud of who you are. It’s an incredible letter that proves being cruel will only hurt the people you love and show you in a bad light. We all need a grandfather like Chad’s.