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Granddad on deathbed asks grandson if he is gay, so he could tell him he was OK with it

Many shared their personal stories about coming out to grandparents and about wishing they had come out to their late relatives.

Granddad on deathbed asks grandson if he is gay, so he could tell him he was OK with it
Cover image: Twitter/jacobbeechamm

Affirmation and support from your loved ones, especially immediate family, can mean the world, but for members of the LGBTQ community, it can be a matter of survival. According to The Trevor Project, 45% of LGBTQ young people "seriously considered" suicide this past year. LGBTQ members with a loving and supportive family reported significantly lower rates of attempting suicide, highlighting how important acceptance is. A man took to Twitter to share a touching story about how his grandad reached out to let him know that he was OK with him being gay. The person, who went by Jacob on Twitter, hadn't come out to his grandfather but the elder relative wanted to confirm his grandson was gay just so he could let him know that he accepted him, and people on Twitter can't get enough of it. "While in my grandad’s hospital room he asked to speak to me alone. ‘I just wondered if you were gay.’ I said I am," he wrote. "‘That’s alright. I don’t mind gay.’ He paused. ‘I can rest now.’ He died today. That was our last chat. In his final moment, he wanted me to know he had no issue."

Smiling senior man looking at adult grandson outdoors - stock photo/Getty Images
Smiling senior man looking at adult grandson outdoors - stock photo/Getty Images

 



 

 

The tweet went viral, garnering more than 166,000 likes and was shared 5600 times in a couple of days. It just goes to show how much concern his grandfather had for him and wanted to know in his final moments that he was OK with him being gay. One can only imagine how much it meant to Jacob that his grandfather accepted him for who he was in their very last conversation. People had nothing but kind words for him and his grandparents. "So so sorry for your loss. Your grandad sounds like he was a wonderful man. I lost my grandmother decades ago. We were close. Know that you will never lose him. Carry him in your heart. He'll watch over you. You will feel his presence. He will share in your life from above," wrote one person. "While saddened by the loss of your grandfather, this is the sweetest thing I’ve read in a long time. Your story, along with many of the replies, has literally given me chills. We all needed to hear something good," wrote another. "I am glad Jacob that your grandad wanted you to know that he was ok with your being gay. A loving thing to do & something to treasure as you go through life. I am sorry about his death & wish you well. May he rest in peace," added another user.



 

 



 

 

Many shared their own memories of relatives accepting them, with some wishing they had come out to their late relatives. "When my grandmother found out I was gay in 1996, she was 92 and I was 28, she simply said ‘are you happy’, I said ‘yes’ she embraced me and that was it. Acceptance and unconditional love," wrote one user. "I had a similar conversation with my father the week before he died. He insisted on meeting my partner & giving his blessing. It was a moment of understanding & meeting each other honestly that I thought we'd never have. I'm glad you & your granddad got to have yours too," commented another user. 



 

 



 

 

According to the CDC, rejection by important people in a gay person's life can have a negative influence on their well-being, especially during their formative years. "A positive family environment, with high levels of parental support and low levels of conflict" helps them experience healthy emotional adjustment. 



 

 



 

 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 




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