A Woman Sent An Open Letter To Her Godson After He Was Told His Family Wasn't "Real"
Maybe some will be able to read this woman's open letter to her godson without crying like they just watched Titanic for the first time, but these readers would definitely be in the minority. So grab the nearest box of tissues and a bar of chocolate, because the following news will remind you that the world isn't such a bad place sometimes.
Last week, a 7-year-old was told on the playground that his family "was not a real family" because he has two mothers, Katherine Jorgensen and Roanne Blackler. Jorgensen told BuzzFeed that their son, Nicholas, appears to be the only child of same-sex parents in the school, but it doesn't help that political tensions are high in Australia as the country prepares to vote on legalizing same-sex marriage via a postal survey. While many Australians support marriage equality, there has been some backlash against the LGBT community, such as recent reports of a homophobic poster reading "Stop the Fags" found in Melbourne's Chinatown.
The latter worried Nicholas' godmother, Bex Allcroft, enough that she decided to write a letter to her "sweet and gentle super-nephew." In the message, she touches on the subject of marriage equality, explaining that "lots of people... are saying mean things about families with two mums or two dads." She goes on to write that she and his parents will always love him, no matter what the haters have to say:
Hold your tissue break until further notice. The letter was so touching that Jorgensen posted its contents on Twitter.
And then.....then we get this. A beautiful, heartfelt letter sent to our son from his godmother/aunt/cousin/significant person. pic.twitter.com/wkaehcyMqt— KJ 🏳️🌈 (@propertyofKJ) August 21, 2017
Jorgensen tweeted that after receiving the letter, she and Blackler burst into happy tears. "For all the vindictive lies that are told, the hatred, the gas lighting, we know that there can be a light shone on that darkness," she added in a separate tweet.
And suddenly...suddenly the tears of sadness that have spilled in our house for the last two weeks are sobs of love. pic.twitter.com/RiNKRpaDzT— KJ 🏳️🌈 (@propertyofKJ) August 21, 2017
OK, now you can finally take that tissue break. The letter has received a substantial amount of attention online, with many applauding Allcroft's kind words.
Amazing fairy godmother. She's even making *me* feel loved, and I don't know any of you! Lucky that she's using her superpowers for good!— Reynardo the Fox (@Reynardo_red) August 21, 2017
Others sympathized with the family's hardship. At the beginning of the Twitter thread, Jorgensen explained that the furor surrounding the postal survey has led to a "media blackout" in her household to protect Nicholas from hearing anything hurtful about his family.
I am so sorry you and your kid have had to experience this. You are strong, and you are valuable, and you are loved xxx— Maddie Palmer (@msmaddiep) August 21, 2017
According to the Guardian, the postal vote will begin on Sep. 12, and it will be decided by a simple majority. If most people vote yes, same-sex marriage could be legalized by the end of the year; if they vote no, no parliamentary vote on the issue will take place. However, that doesn't mean marriage equality won't be reached eventually.
In the meantime, LGBT Australians and their families may continue to face heightened scrutiny. If Allcroft's open letter is any indication, though, love truly wins — no matter the outcome of the vote.