I can't imagine the kind of courage it takes to open up to your parents about your sexuality — even for people who have an open, honest, and supportive relationship with their parents, it must be incredibly difficult to open up about something so personal and vulnerable. There is no real way to anticipate how your parents will react, but I can say this: very few parents will react as hilariously as this dad who made a dad joke about his son coming out as bisexual. It is now going mad viral on Tumblr for all the best reasons, and reading it is guaranteed to hit you right in the funny bone (for better or for worse). I mean, just take a look at this work of pure internet-worthy gold, brought to us by Tumblr user destielmytimelord:
Trying to Explain my Sexuality to my Dad
- Me: Okay, so I would identify as bisexual.
- Dad: And that means you would have a male partner.
- Me: Yep.
- Dad: Or a female partner.
- Me: Yep.
- Dad: And that means you're bi.
- Me: Yep.
- Dad: So that means if you don't find a partner you're on standbi?
- Me: Did you just
This is 2015, guys. Attitudes toward sexuality may finally be shifting in a healthy, progressive, and super necessary way, but the DAD JOKE WILL NEVER DIE.
#Bless our internet, because this is far from the only story shared to Tumblr about parents who were awesomely and hilariously supportive of their kids coming out to them. Here are a few other choice parenting moments that will either make you laugh, or facepalm so hard you will regret having a face to palm in the first place:
1. This Not So Closeted Joke
Tumblr user wutevr-4-evr shared:
so I play this game with my sister I like to call “trapped in the closet” where I lure her into my closet and close the door on her and sing R Kelly songs while she’s trapped. as you can guess, she hates it, I love it. we haven’t played it in a while and recently (relatively close to when I came out to my family as bisexual) we were talking about it in the car with my dad and my boyfriend. my sister suggested that maybe we should play the game with ME trapped instead and my dad responds “it’s too late she just came out after 19 years!"
2. The Dad Who ... Tried Too Hard
Tumblr user takemetoyourkitchen shared:
So I’m really a raging lesbian and when I came out to mom, apparently she told my dad and my dad just comes in to my room the day after while I’m drawing, sits down very seriously on my desk chair, looks me straight in the eye and says, “Jess, Mom told me that you’re gay or bisexual or something like that…and I just want you to know that you’ve given me the courage to finally admit something myself. I’m try-sexual. I’ll try anything.”
The best and most appropriate time and place for a dad joke.
3. The Ultimate Dad Joke Of Dad Jokes
Tumblr user cat-sport-for-real shared:
“Mom, dad, I’m gay”
“Hi gay, I’m dad”
R.I.P., all of us.
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