Many parents struggle when they learn that a son or daughter is gay. In some instances, these moms and dads very literally disown their children. In a letter that has gone viral, though, one grandfather is apparently standing up to his daughter for kicking her kid out of the house after finding out that he's gay.
Now, the grandfather's identity isn't known, as the note was originally posted without much context on FCKH8's Facebook page (it's a gay-friendly apparel company). With little information to go on, the text accompanying an image simply said that it was "sent in by a supporter."
In the letter, the angry grandpa tells his daughter, Christine, that he's disappointed in her. Rather than sharing her angst over his grandson, Chad's, homosexuality, he goes on to claim that the young man was "born this way" and that kicking him out was "hurtful, narrow-minded and backward."
"I'm disappointed in you as a daughter. You're correct that we have a 'shame in the family,' but mistaken about what it is," the letter begins. "Kicking Chad out of your home simply because he told you he was gay is the real 'abomination' here. A parent disowning her child is what goes 'against nature.'"
And he didn't stop there.
The grandfather, who seemingly plans to raise Chad, also took a moment to give the mother what he clearly believes is a taste of her own medicine. He's disowning her, writing, "I don't have time for heartless B-word of a daughter."
Here's the letter in its entirety, below:
Image Source: FCKH8's Facebook page
Again, it's unclear who wrote the text, when it was composed or if it is truly reflective of a real-life family drama. After the letter went viral, Gawker said that political activist and FCKH8 founder Luke Montgomery e-mailed the outlet and said that Chad, himself, submitted his grandfather's purported letter (this adds to the earlier claim that it was a "supporter").
"I'm trying to get the teen and his grandpa to come out publicly and do media interviews to spread the word. Right now they are scared and a bit intimidated with all the requests because it seems the kid is not out," Montgomery said in an e-mail to Gawker. "I'll forward your contact info to them and work on getting them to speak out because it would be so good for the cause."