There are about 1.3 million kids, or roughly 8% of all high school students in America who have reported being lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Though coming out to your friends and family members, especially when being at a vulnerable age, can be terrifying to many.
However, some parents are more than happy to accept their kids’ sexuality as long as they are not going to date some “jerk.” This is exactly what one anonymous dad said when he found out his daughter joined GSA and is a lesbian. “You joined Girl Scouts Of America?” asked the dad and initiated the chat , only to come to know it refers to the “Gender- Sexuality Alliance” organization.
The conversation soon hilariously got directed into a debate on choices of cookies, and the coconut ones turn out to be the only thing this cool dad can’t tolerate. Read their full chat down below in what seems to be one of those heart-touching things we all deserve these days.
The dad’s only concern was making sure that she’d understand that in the big scheme of things, whom she chooses to love was of such little importance to them that it’s a lower priority than coconut cookies.
When asked if he knew his daughter was lesbian, the dad said that he normally answered that there were clues. You know… coconut water, almond joy…. he didn’t know for certain, but he cared so little about it that he didn’t ponder on it too much.
He also explained further that he never knew what he was going to say, when asked about the things going on in his mind and response to his daughter. “I was well aware of what GSA was before I started this conversation. I was also aware that regardless of how close she and I are, that she had some trepidation in telling me.”
Moreover, some of the stories in the comment section really touched him. He said that society had for so long indoctrinated them as to what was and what was not acceptable, that it was a struggle for some parents. The dad concluded that his job as a parent was to raise her to be a good person in a safe environment. It wasn’t his job to choose whom she liked or whether or not she liked coconuts.”
“I think that’s why the analogy struck with so many people. An argument about coconuts was as inane as an argument about whom someone chooses to spend the rest of their lives with.”
Coming out as a child, teenager, or young adult has to be one of the most terrifying or even nerve-wrecking things one can go through in his life. The fear of rejection sometimes becomes stronger with the urge to tell your buddies and family about your sexual orientation. As a result, many LGBTQ kids find themselves lonely and struggle with mental health issues from a very tender age.
The 2020 national survey on LGBTQ youth’s mental health surveyed over 40,000 LGBTQ youth aged 13-24 across the United States. The results showed that a whopping 68% of LGBTQ youth had symptoms of anxiety disorder in the past two weeks.
The findings revealed the extent of the public health crisis where suicide has been “consistently the second leading cause of death among young people and continues to disproportionately impact LGBTQ youth.”
Showing support for LGBTQ youth is crucial and normal, it has a deep impact on a person struggling with mental crisis.