Here are five words nobody should ever hear after coming out of the closet, least of all from their own father: “This is worse than death.”
Sadly, that’s just one of the remarks that a fifteen-year-old Vancouver, Canada boy named Tyler was met with when he came out to his dad via Facebook messenger.
Tyler posted the conversation, which occurred during the winter, to his Tumblr account. Since then it’s attracted attention for being a harsh reminder of the struggle people face to find acceptance.
After posting a coming out on his Facebook page and telling his sisters and mother, Tyler moved onto his dad. He knew it wasn’t going to be easy.
Here’s more of Dad’s response: “We took care of you since you were a baby. We loved you, took care of you when you’re sick. Lost many days and nights in all your fifteen years. [Now] this is what we get in return, shame and embarrassment…Take out your post from the social media. You embarrass me… I’m going to puke.”
Still, Tyler is hoping for resolution some day soon. He told HuffPost:
“I’m hoping there’s still the possibility that he could change, even it takes while. Maybe he could accept me, because that’s all I want… I just want him to be there for me.”
Here’s the conversation Tyler posted: