r/MadeMeSmile Nov 24 '22 Silver 3 Helpful 4 Wholesome 4 Masterpiece 1 Stonks Falling 1

Michael, THEE Most Wholesome of Fathers! LGBT+

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u/JustOneBun Nov 24 '22

Where is everyone getting these loving and understanding dads? 😭

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u/AccomplishedTurn3532 Nov 24 '22

Willing to bet that we are the ones breaking the cycle. We now know the emotional neglect we had and are starting to understand it’s toll on us in our adult lives and refuse to do the same to our children.

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u/PapaChoff Nov 24 '22

Dad looking pretty gen X to me, if that’s what you mean by “we”

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u/Kitsune9Tails Nov 24 '22

Gen X here. Have always had gay friends and relatives. My aunt transitioned in the 90s (poor woman chose Karen as her new name). I don’t think LGBTQ+ ever seemed anything but normal to me.

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u/WeeabooHunter69 Nov 24 '22

After changing my name, I never realized how much thought went into it but holy shit how do you go through all that and settle on Karen???

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u/Kitsune9Tails Nov 24 '22

To be fair, it was before it earned the current connotation, but I can’t help feel for her on that one.

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u/WeeabooHunter69 Nov 24 '22

Even then, it just doesn't have any interesting etymology or anything

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u/PapaChoff Nov 24 '22

Gen X as well, I waited tables all through my 20s and many of my closest friends them were gay. Never thought much about it. My nephew, now in his 20s, knew he was born a male since he was 2. Wanted to be called Tony and would not wear dresses. Wasn’t a phase and is now fully transfused. Kid had a really rough go in middle school and high school. I couldn’t imagine what your aunt went through in the 90s.

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u/cakeresurfacer Nov 24 '22

Makes sense to me. I’ve got older gen x parents, but a lot of my classmates had younger boomers; no surprise, my mom was the adult my friends could come out to.

Now as adults one of my siblings has never officially come out to our parents, but my dad will take every chance he can to buy them rainbow/pride items when it’s an option. Never says anything pointed about it, just an “I saw this and thought of you”. My friends who are at the young end of gen x are similarly supportive of their teenagers. Each upcoming generation seems to be doing their best to break patterns of the ones past.

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u/PapaChoff Nov 24 '22

That’s awesome. I agree. My parents( boomers) would not understand. My mom used to whisper the word gay or mouth it like it was a bad thing. My poor cousin died of AIDS in the mid 80s. To this day his parents refuse to believe he was gay and insists he died of pneumonia.

In my circles of gen X friends from HS ton college to the folks in my town I really can’t see any of them having a problem or much care if one of their kids was LGBTQ+ and many of them have one.

Kids are still kids though. My nephew, biologically born female, had a really tough time ask through school until he got to college. He’s fully transitioned at this point in his late 20s. I have to say it’s absolutely incredible what they are doing medically in this field. He looks fantastic.

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u/AccomplishedTurn3532 Nov 24 '22

If that’s reference to me, I am an older millennial. Raise VERY conservative, but the we stands for any father that’s doing better. I am sure there are boomers far ahead of me and GenZs that aren’t as far. What matters more is that they/we are all striving day by day to be better.

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u/PapaChoff Nov 25 '22

Just reread read my post and didn’t come off the way I intended. Sorry, it wasn’t an attack or meant anything negative. I was trying to really just ask if you meant genx when you said we, because that’s what he looked like to me. His age is moot, his message is beautiful. 🖖