I remember when my son came out in 1989. He told me not to tell anyone! Within weeks, he told everyone. I was particularly worried about what my parents would say. My mom was 69 and my dad was 73, which at that time seemed on the older side. They reacted wonderfully and in her 80’s my mom joined an LGBT group in her synagogue. I think she was the only ally and certainly the oldest! Often we think the older generation is less tolerant and statistics show this to be true but changing, at least in North America. In this case, the opposite is true. This story happened in New Delhi, India and the letter was first posted on Facebook. The message it sends gives me hope. Yes, there are still parents who can’t see past the nose on their face. They are blinded by their own prejudice and fear and forget the love they have for their own child. But in this case, the grandfather can see the truth. His grandson was born gay and it was his mother who made the choice to be hateful and bigoted. And he fully embraced his grandson as fabulous and sees the joy he will bring into his life. I particularly love his closing line! Love wins over hate every time!
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