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Mon Apr 6, 2015, 11:54 AM

I think my grandson might be gay. And I couldn't be more thrilled.

Not the least of which reasons is that, at the age of 15, he doesn't seem to be interested in hiding it.

He recently posted a Facebook status update in which he tells all of his friends and loved ones about his new best friend. Not just any old BFF, but one he calls a "sexy beast" and explains how he "loves him deeply and always will."

My grandson is the most darling, wonderful angel on the planet, but he is rarely this effusive, even about his greatest interests and enthusiasms. He has always displayed a sort of "Yeah, whatever..." reserve. My only reservation is that he is smack-dab in the middle of a family of conservative Christians. His mother and father are pretty progressive, though. But I'm the only out-and-out hardcore liberal in the family. When I saw him on Saturday, I took him aside and gave him a big hug. I told him how happy I was that his new best friend makes him so happy. I didn't say any more than that. If he is gay, I don't want him to feel forced to come out with it before he's ready.

Anyway, I hope he understands through my gesture that he has at least one ally. Although I'm not worried about any real backlash if he comes out. Conservative or not, his entire extended family adore him beyond the power of words to describe.

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Reply I think my grandson might be gay. And I couldn't be more thrilled. (Original post)
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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 12:04 PM

1. Thank you for doing that.

I've watched a couple of people remain firmly closeted because of their religious conservative families (Mormons), and it breaks my heart. Glad he has someone who will be there for him. And good for him and his "sexy beast"!

Edit: somehow missed the "no backlash" part--good on his family too.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 12:05 PM

2. I'm glad he has some support ...

 

Maybe he will show those conservative Christians in the family that being gay is what you're born, not what you choose.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 12:31 PM

3. I have noticed that teens today are very much

 

more open and accepting. It's so wonderful to see.

Yay for your grandson. And yay for him having a wonderful ally.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 12:48 PM

4. The most shocking part of this...

 

is that you're old enough to be a grandparent. It's weird for me in the same way that people I went to HS with have kids in middle school; I'm 35...I haven't begun to think about starting a family.

I'm glad though that your grandson feels comfortable enough to be open about who he really is. I like to think my peers are liberal and open-minded...but I know we weren't so accepting at that age as kids are today.

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