There are some coming out stories that’ll make your cry. Some might make you laugh, or wince, or beam with joy. In short — everyone’s story is uniquely their own, and often times, coming out induces every reaction mentioned and more.
Like, for instance, when Reddit user mnotaseese79 (real name Brett) inadvertently came out to his conservative father via Snapchat on the eve of his 20th birthday.
“I had called myself a faggot in my snapchat story when I was drunk and one of my siblings must have showed him,” Brett explains.
But instead of the cliche testosterone-fueled homophobia we’re braced to expect in these types of situations, Brett’s dad sent him these texts:
“It’s certainly better than dad saying ‘I feel like I have nothing to live for anymore’, which is what mine said,” wrote one commenter.
It’s vital to share stories like Brett’s in hopes that his father’s message of acceptance finds a way to travel alongside the viral photo, making sure we’re working towards a future where Brett’s experience is the norm and the all-too-common struggle of the commenter becomes the rarity.
Another commenter, BalooUriza, shared a similar experience. He accidentally sent his father a picture of him in a “fursuit” with his boyfriend at Tulsa Pride. His dad waited until his son’s phone location didn’t say “work” to “call and say we make a cute couple.” Now the whole family, including the boyfriend, are planning a trip.
To Brett, BalooUriza and anyone else who musters the courage to stick with their truth and brace for the consequences, we say congrats!