Twitter can be a messy place. But it can also be an inspiring place, like this new story about an aunt writing a poem in her church writing group about her niece’s preferred pronouns.
User @TheoNicole shared the story — and poem — on the social media platform on Monday (21 May).
‘My 73-year-old aunt wrote a poem about my pronouns in her church writing group and it’s the sweetest thing,’ they wrote.
It is indeed very sweet.
Here is the poem in full:
This person I know
Wants to be called a they.
It cold [sic] bring us much closer
To see them that way.
It’s a strange thing to think
And harder to say,
But they is so happy
When the effort is made.
For all the theys and thems
It is this that I pray,
We be kind and accepting
And just let them be they.
@TheoNicole also shared other facts about their aunt and she only sounds more and more amazing. They also said to attribute the poem to S.R. Vittone, the name their aunt signs her art with.
Many people reached out to @TheoNicole about the poem, sharing how it touched them or their own experiences with pronouns.
Chelsea Clinton called it ‘beautiful and wise’.
This is beautiful and wise.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 22, 2018
i'm crying???? like honestly it made me cry its very nice and i'm very glad you have an accepting aunt ❤️
— IT WITCH TIME (@AmandaToddArt) May 22, 2018
"Let them be they". So amazingly simple. That's brilliant.
— Jase (@dammitalltohell) May 22, 2018
It also inspired others to write and share their own poetry.
Your aunt is wonderful. She inspired me to write a poem, too. pic.twitter.com/yhAgYkPc5w
— Zidders RooFurry (@ZiddersRoofurry) May 22, 2018
Recently, people have been taking to Twitter to share their own positive family experiences with LGBTQ people.
One trans woman shared her grandmother’s touching and sweet reaction to her coming out.
Yesterday, Niall Horan of One Direction fame shared a lovely story about a pair of gay dads on a flight.