In the latest episode of ABC’s What Would You Do?, a father comes out to his son in a busy New Jersey diner.
In the scenario, two parents sit down with their teenage son to say they’re getting a divorce. When the sons asks why, his father explains that he’s gay and has been living in the closet for the entire marriage.
The son responds with shock and outage. After the actors playing the parents walk away, leaving the distraught teen behind, several other diners approach him with words of kindness and support.
“Your father’s been living with that for a long time,” one woman tells him. “He tried to convert into what we accept as normal for him not to be isolated. You didn’t lose him. He is the same person with the same values and the same emotions.”