A supportive letter sent from a father to his son, who he overheard speaking on the phone about wanting to come out, has gone viral, and has been held up as a good example of parental love.
In the letter, Nate’s father says he had known for a long time that he was gay, and that all that mattered was that he bought orange juice and bread after school.
He goes on to write a post script which reads that he and his boyfriend Mike, make a cute couple.
The letter, posted this morning on Facebook by FCKH8, has gone viral, as has been held up as an example of a good way for a parent to react to a child’s coming out.
The full letter reads:
I overheard your phone conversation with Mike last night about your plans to come out to me. The only thing I need you to plan is to bring home OJ and bread after class.
We are out, like you now.
I’ve known you were gay since you were six, I’ve loved you since you were born.
PS Your mom and I think you and Mike make a cute couple.
FCKH8, who originally posted the letter, released a brief statement on it, saying that Nate had sent in the letter himself.
The statement read: “We hope it sets a good example for fathers to love their kids the way they were born. The fact that it has been shared by so many sadly means that this kind of acceptance is both too rare and deeply craved by LGBT people so used to being rejected by families.”