While he played the slots in Vegas, Jack Remmington and his friend were approached by a stranger.
The man was middle-aged and had never met the two friends but asked them flat out if they were gay.
And while at first the two friends were naturally a bit apprehensive to respond, the man quickly followed up with how he believes his son is in the closet.
Remmington posted the interaction via Twitter and the post has since gone viral.
“Ok I just experienced the nicest exchange with a stranger and think it’ll help to share: I was playing on the Mariah Carey slots in Vegas (naturally) and a friendly circa-mid-40s ish guy sat down to play on the machine next to me,” Remmington starts off.
“I was sitting with @marcoalessifilm, both wearing pink (naturally) and after chatting a little to the guy about Vegas, he nervously asked if he could ask us a question. I knew where this was gonna go as it always does so did a bit of an inner eye roll but indulged him anyway. He then asked if we were together so we said no (we’re best friends and he has a fab bf) and he asked if we were gay, so we said yes.”
“He then said he thinks his 13 year old son might be gay and wondered if he could ask us how best for him to navigate that. He lit up when talking about his son, and I nearly started crying at how much he clearly loved him. The guy wanted to know how to make his son feel most comfortable about himself whilst not being too overt and glaringly obvious in forcing a conversation about his sexuality.”
“This man is SO sweet. From rural Arkansas and said whilst things are so much better now, he still just wants the world to be totally equal for his son. Marco and I said he sounds like he’s doing all the right things and that making his son know he’s loved is the best he can do.”
“We both gave a couple of anecdotes from personal experience, largely relating to condoning abstract things when you see them like normalizing conversations around gay kisses on TV or calling our family conversations that might shame potential queerness. We also mentioned not accidentally policing things so as to shame him – for instance, often out of a sense of protection and love parents can frown on a child’s [behavior] or outfit because they’re worried for their safety when on a night out etc.”
“But we stressed that if this was their feeling it’s important to vocalize this exactly, rather than leaving the child ruminating over the parent’s intentions and second guessing why they said what they said. So in terms of advice to friends or relatives of a potentially queer person, what would fellow queers advise is the best way to make it known they have their love and support without causing an uncomfortable conversation that might force someone to come out before they’re ready?”
It just goes to show you that sometimes, judging a book by its cover could cause you to miss out on an amazing connection with someone unexpected.
“My first impression was that he seemed nice as he chatted which is more than what tends to happen with people you sit next to in Vegas at the slots. That said, I didn’t expect it to take this turn at all,” Remmington shared in an interview with Bored Panda.
“The relationship between him and his son has a 100% future – he was a wonderful and caring man, despite what he said was quite a difficult town to grow up in if you’re at all different. I wish all fathers could be like him.”
I am not crying, YOU’RE crying!
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