A letter from a dad to his gay son - who he overheard saying he planned to come out to his parents - has gone viral this week due to its simple, hopeful message.
Writes Nate's dad:
“I overheard your phone conversation with Mike last night about your plans to come out to me. The only thing I need you to plan is to bring home OJ and bread after class."
"We are out, like you now. I’ve known you were gay since you were six, I’ve loved you since you were born. Dad. PS Your mom and I think you and Mike make a cute couple.”
The letter was posted by FCKH8 (dot) com, a group dedicated to empowering youth through gay-positive, often snarky apparel, photos and videos.
“We get a lot of crazy stuff, so I almost didn’t look at it,” FCKH8 founder Luke Montgomery told Yahoo! Shine, but when he did read it, he said, “I cried.”
He said Nate, a high school student in Michigan, sent the letter.
Nate and his family did not want to share any information besides the letter itself, but the four sentences alone have been enough to inspire plenty.
“It’s actually sad so many people are excited,” Mongtomery said.
“And what I think that says is, one, it’s rare, and that’s really bad," however, on the positive side, "a lot of people are really craving this kind of reaction.”
“It’s what I want,” he explained. “It’s what everyone wants.”
The national organization Parents and Families of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG) also saw the letter and loved it, calling it "what PFLAG is all about."
Just don't forget the OJ and bread please, Nate. Responsibility!