Dad Disowns Gay Son: Letter Goes Viral
In most cases, coming out isn’t easy but it seems it was especially difficult for a gay Reddit user named "James."
James, 33, from Pennsylvania, posted a photo of a heartbreaking letter written by his father on the social news, meme-generating website, and it almost instantly went viral as several media outlets, including the British newspaper the Daily Mail, have reported the story.
Before James’ father wrote the letter, the Reddit user, who goes by the handle RegBarc, told his father about his sexual orientation on the phone.
"The moment I said it, the phone got quiet and he got off the phone after a few ’Okays,’" James wrote on the message board. "I decided to give him time to process the news. About a week later, and not long before my birthday, I received the following letter."
The letter reads: "James, this is a difficult but necessary letter to write. I hope your telephone call was not to receive my blessing for the degrading of your lifestyle. I have fond memories of our times together, but that is all in the past.
"Don’t expect any further conversations with me. No communications at all. I will not come to visit, nor do I want you in my house.
"You’ve made your choice though wrong it may be. God did not intend for this unnatural lifestyle. If you choose not to attend my funeral, my friends and family will understand.
"Have a good birthday and good life. No present exchanges will be accepted. Goodbye, Dad"
James defended himself on the website and wrote: "I’ve never done drugs, was an excellent student, an obedient child (far less trouble than many of my classmates), didn’t drink until I was 22 because it terrified me, and have had just one speeding ticket in my life."