This dad overheard his son talking about coming out, so he made it easy for him by writing a beautiful letter of support
Coming out to your parents can be an incredibly difficult thing to do. Working up the courage to say those words can feel like the task of a lifetime – even when you have good reason to believe your parents will be supportive.
For this guy, coming out to his dad seems to have been a bit of a challenge. But he had no reason to worry in the end. After his dad overheard him on the phone talking about it, he wrote his son an adorable note in which he expressed his support.
“Nate, I overheard your phone conversation with Mike last night about your plans to come out to me,” his dad wrote.
“The only thing I need you to play 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.
“P.S. Your mom and I think you and Mike make a cute couple.”
The coming out note has gone viral on Reddit – and people love the dad joke.
The note was shared on Reddit recently where it promptly went viral, with people in particular praising the iconic dad joke.
“It wouldn’t be a note from Dad without a dad joke,” one Reddit user wrote.
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The note also inspired others to share their coming out stories. One Reddit user shared his experience of coming out to his family over Facetime on his 22nd birthday.
I’ve known you were gay since you were six. I’ve loved you since you were born.
Another user replied: “That was good of you to tell them, my sister let us find out by getting engaged to a woman on Facebook. Was a little bit of a surprise.”
Others said they hope their kids will never have to ‘come out.’
Somebody else said they hope their kids never feel the need to “come out” to them.
“I would never want them to feel locked inside a tiny, dark space… away from me, afraid I wouldn’t love them over who they [love],” they wrote.
“We have gay loved ones, and I’ve been open with them as soon as they could talk that they can marry a boy, a girl or whatever comes inbetween.”
The note seemingly first surfaced online as far back as 2013, but this dad’s powerful words keep finding a way to come back and make an impact on the lives of LGBT+ people.