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article imageGrandfather defends his grandson against boy’s homophobic mother

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 3, 2013 in World
A man has written to his daughter, chastising her for disowning her own teenage son – his grandson – after the lad came out to her as gay.
Apparently, the mother’s response to her son’s openness was to throw him out of the family home. Her actions, consequently, have led to the boy’s grandfather disowning his own daughter.
The letter, which was sent to the well-known gay-friendly activism-by-apparel brand, FCKH8, includes the grandfather’s “disappointment” at the way his daughter has treated his grandson, Chad.
Initially, FCKH8 posted the letter to their Facebook page, from where it was quickly reproduced on other blogs and social-networking sites.
The letter Chad s grandfather wrote after the boy was thrown out of his home by his mother
The letter Chad's grandfather wrote after the boy was thrown out of his home by his mother
FCKH8 / Facebook
Gawker reprinted the letter but, wanting verification of its provenance, contacted FCKH8, to ask for “additional information on the letter’s source or the individuals involved”. As a result, Gawker informed its readers, they received a reply from FCKH8’s Luke Montgomery.
Montgomery confirmed that the letter had been sent to them by Chad himself, and added, “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 ended, saying, “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.”
In full, the letter (above) reads (sic throughout):
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.
Kicking Chad out of your home simply because he told you he was gay is the real “abomination” here. A parent disowing her child is what goes “against nature”.
The only intelligent thing I heard you saying in all this was that “you didn’t raise your son to be gay”. Of course you didn't. He was born this way and didn’t choose it any more than he being left-handed. You however, have made a choice of being hurtful, narrow-minded and backward. So, while we are in the business of [disowning] our children, I think I’ll take this moment to say goodbye to you. I now have a fabulous (as the gay put it) grandson to raise, and I don’t have time for heartless B-word of a daughter.
[If] you find your heart, give us a call.
– Dad
The original suggests that the Chad’s mother, Christine, turned against the boy after he confided to her that he was gay. Furthermore, it implies that she called him an “abomination” and referred to him as being “against nature”.
Elsewhere, according to how the letter is worded, Chad’s mother said that she didn’t raise him “to be gay”. This, Chad’s grandfather agrees with, writing that it’s the “only intelligent thing” she has said.
The man writes, “The only intelligent thing I heard you saying in all this was that ‘you didn’t raise your son to be gay’. Of course you didn’t. He was born this way and didn’t choose it any more than he being left-handed.”
He then goes on to say that she, on the other hand, has made a choice – “You however, have made a choice of being hurtful, narrow-minded and backward,” he writes.
As Gawker points out, “Parents disowning their children for coming out [as gay] is, unfortunately, far too common for 2013. But parents disowning their children for disowning their children for coming out? Not common enough.”
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