Some people (ahem) need to wait until after their son comes out to show their support. Not Nate's dad.
In a letter that was posted this morning to Facebook by the pro-gay clothing and accessory brand FCKH8, the unidentified father writes his son an inspirational letter of acceptance after accidentally overhearing his express concerns about coming out to his family.
The letter is transcribed below (courtesy of Towleroad):
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.
P.S. Your mom and I think you and Mike make a cute couple.
As one Facebook commenter noted, this letter is at once a blessing and a curse: "Now he needs to breakup with Mike, omg can't date someone your parents APPROVE of! Sheesh!!"
UPDATE: We got in touch with FCKH8 to learn more about this amazing letter and the people involved in it, and this is what we found out:
The photo was sent in to FCKH8 by Nate himself. FCKH8 describes Nate as "a teen...who is a fan of our on Facebook," but declined to provide additional info. In fact, an original version of the post contained the father's first name, but the family requested that it be removed as "they didn't want to 'make a big deal' of it." It nonetheless became a big deal, and FCKH8 has been inundated with media requests, which they have been passing along to the family.
More information will be posted if and when it becomes available.
FCKH8 also released this brief statement about the letter in the aftermath of its unexpected popularity:
We hope it sets a good example for father's to love their kids the way they were born. The fact that it has been shared by so many sadly means that this kind of acceptance is both too rare and deeply craved by LGBT people so used to being rejected by families.
[image via FCKH8]