Seattle Artist’s Poignant Plan To Memorialize His Gay Grandfather Who Came Out At 90

James Rehnberg, Baptist pastor and WWII veteran, came out a year before his death at the age of 90, so his gay grandson Grant decided to create an installation to work through their “complicated relationship” and explore the parallels between their lives.

It’s easy to get caught up in the battles we as gay people are still collectively fighting, from violent hate crimes to marriage equality to global acceptance. But we live in a remarkable time in history, and the Seattle-based artist’s intimate project — The Family Connection — offers perspective on embracing how far the world has come while honoring those who were never able to be their true selves with the ones they loved.

Here’s the fundraising video Grant put together, which certainly succeeded at tugging our heartstrings:

And here is the fundraising page Grant put together.