Tumblr users have liked and reblogged a teen’s coming out story almost a quarter of a million times after she spontaneously came out to her family in the “worst way possible”.
16-year-old Katie shared a text message where she explained to her friend Kai that she accidentally spilled the beans about her sexuality during her homophobic grandmother’s rant against gays.
“I may have just accidentally came out to my entire family in the worst way possible.” she wrote.
“My grandma was saying how gays are going to hell and I didn’t want to deal with it so I started to leave.
“My cousin asked where I was going.
“What have I done?”
Katie shared the text message on Tumblr with the following note: “The most terrifying five minutes of my life, but now that it’s over, I’m kinda proud of this.”
Katie gave her concerned followers an update the following day, recounting the aftermath of her surprise announcement.
“The door was shut before I realized what I had said, and then I ran into the bathroom, where I sent that text,” she wrote.
“While I was hiding in the bathroom, my cousin knocked on the door.
“‘You can come out now,’ she said, followed by ‘well, I guess you already did that, but…’
“Anyway, we took refuge in her room.”
Katie continued: “Apparently, after I left the room my grandmother turned to my mom and said something to the extent of ‘how could you let your daughter become a queer?’
“My mother, aunt, and uncle all went off at her for that one, there was quite a bit of yelling.
“After a while, my mother came upstairs and told me that she supported me no matter what, and then we left without talking to my grandmother.”
Aw, way to go Katie’s mum. And thankfully it seems like there’s light at the end of the tunnel for Katie’s relationship with her grandma too, as she called to apologise the next day.
“I have no idea how sincere this apology was because my mother was the one on the phone with her, but I am still invited to Christmas”.