An 88-year-old grandmother was not having any of her son’s casual homophobia. The story, which was shared on Twitter by the woman’s grandchild, has quickly gone viral.
Twitter user @MinovskyArticle’s father was recently ranting and raving about how all the “LGBTQIA+ identities were getting too confusing to keep up with.”
That’s when grandma piped up to tell her son to please shut the hell up and join the rest of the family in the 21st century.
“The way things are now is better than when people had to hide away or killed themselves because nobody understood who they were,” she scolded. “Respect costs you nothing.”
Dad ranted about how LGBTQIA+ identities were getting too confusing to keep up with, my 88 year old grandma shut him down. “The way things are now is better than when people had to hide away or killed themselves because nobody understood who they were. Respect costs you nothing.”
— Minovsky (@MinovskyArticle) May 6, 2018
The tweet has received nearly 200,000 likes and 55,000 retweets.
When people questioned how an 88-year-old woman could be so, well, enlightened, @MinovskyArticle explained that Grandma has a few “bi and trans grandkids, and has been open minded and willing to learn if it means her family is happy. That’s all any of us can really ask for.”
To the “I guess woke grandmas are a thing we’re making up now” quote tweeters. I wouldn’t describe my grandma as “woke”, but she’s got bi and trans grandkids, and has been open minded and willing to learn if it means her family is happy. That’s all any of us can really ask for.
— Minovsky (@MinovskyArticle) May 7, 2018
That’s when others chipped in to share stories of their “woke” grandparents, too:
My grandmother hosted my dad’s wedding to his husband at her apartment and cried happy tears at the wedding! Woke grandmas indeed.
— LaurieU (@floobish) May 7, 2018
My 98 year old Roman Catholic Italian grandmother is exactly the same. It’s not made up. When I came out to her all she cared about was whether I’m happy.
— Richard Liantonio (@R_Liantonio) May 7, 2018
When I came out, my nana was the first person to open her arms to me. She went out of her way to research and learn more about my sexuality because it was unfamiliar to her. I’m so, so grateful for her.
— Dial Up ? (@JadeAlys93) May 7, 2018
My grandma was a staunch supporter of the civil rights movement and the movement for LGBTQIA+ rights. She celebrated gay marriage becoming law in 2015. She didn’t much like it when I dyed my hair crazy colors though.
— Katie Rife (@FutureSchlock) May 7, 2018
My grandma is 91 and her reaction to my cousin marrying another man was “Is he cute?”
— Thomas Clinch (@thommytsunami) May 7, 2018