This is something heart-wrenching. A post recently made on Reddit by RegBarc or James, describes the pain and suffering he went through after he disclosed to his father that he was gay five years ago.
He narrates the story by saying that in August of 2007, he finally built up the courage to tell his father that he was gay. The moment he said it the phone went quiet and his father got off the phone after a few ‘OKs’.
He decided to give his father the time to process the news. But fate had something else for him. Not long before his birthday he received a letter from his father. It was nothing less than a bombshell for the person. He was disowned from his family and life forever. He was not supposed to contact or communicate with any member of the house. His father went to the extent of saying that if James did not attend his father’s funeral, his family and relatives will understand.
One definitely chokes after reading about James harsh punishment, the punishment of not being able to see his relatives and family members until they don’t have problems about their sexuality. What is more painful is the fact that he was punished for telling the truth about himself and his sexuality.
It is brutal to punish someone for telling the truth. The post has received massive attention from all Redditors. Some have used the opportunity of describing the family experience they went through after they made similar confessions to their family members.
Another Redditor known as jackrabt said that he wrote a similar letter to his father seven years ago. He further said: “I'm happy to report that after around 5 years, he came to me and asked me to forgive him for what he'd done, and we've worked on rebuilding our relationship since then.”
Majority decided to sympathize with James with one of them commenting: “That hit me hard too, felt that one hit me right in the stomach. I don't think I could handle getting a letter like this. Strong dude.” Others decided to console him by going against his father.
One said: “I don't think "Dad" is the appropriate term for this man. He sullies everything that name stands for. He should have signed it "Goodbye, Bigot".