On Sunday (6 May), Twitter user @MinovskyArticle tweeted out a story about his 88-year-old grandmother shutting down her son’s homophobia.
In the tweet, Minovsky explains their father was ranting about how ‘LGBTQIA+ identities were getting too confusing to keep up with’.
However, the grandmother heard the comment and quickly shut it down.
According to the tweet, the grandmother responded: ‘The way things are now is better than when people had to hide away or killed themselves because nobody understood who they were. Respect costs you nothing.’
Over 180,000 users have liked the tweet and almost 51,000 have re-tweeted it.
A woke grandma?
Minovsky added about their grandmother’s sense of respect.
They don’t describe their grandmother as ‘woke’, but explain that she has both bisexual and transgender grandkids.
She’s been ‘open minded and willing to learn if it means her family is happy’.
Minovsky ends by saying: ‘That’s all any of us can really ask for.’
Much needed compassion
Minovsky’s tweetes resonated with people. Some sent their own blessing to the grandmother, others shared stories of their own loving grandparents.
For this user, their nana researched sexuality to be more understanding.
When I came out, my nana was the first person to open her arms to me. She went out of her way to research and learn more about my sexuality because it was unfamiliar to her. I'm so, so grateful for her.
— 🌈Flesh Mech Space Cadet (@Jade_SpaceCadet) May 7, 2018
Another grandma supports their grandchild exploring their gender identity.
This. My mom is 74 and one of the biggest advocates for my 11 y.o. kid (who is still figuring their gender identity out for themselves). She reads, asks questions, talks to people. Loving someone enough to do that work isn't exclusive to younger generations.
— shelliejelly (@shelliejelly) May 7, 2018
This Catholic grandfather had his grandson bring his boyfriend over for dinner.
When I came out as bi 15 years ago, my Grandpap, staunchly religious Catholic, told me to bring my boyfriend over for dinner so he & Grandma could meet him. He wouldn't tolerate anyone in the family shitting on me.
Woke-ish grandfolks exist. I'm glad yours is supportive of you!
— Meteu Wuliechsin 🏳️🌈 (@MeteuWuliechsin) May 7, 2018
‘Woke-ish grandfolks exist.’
Others ask the important question.
My grandma is 91 and her reaction to my cousin marrying another man was "Is he cute?"
— 𝔏𝔞 ℭ𝔬𝔫𝔱𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔞 ℭ𝔞𝔯𝔩𝔬𝔱𝔱𝔞 🏳️⚧️ (@CharlySloane) May 7, 2018
Another even hosted their son’s gay wedding themselves!
My grandmother hosted my dad’s wedding to his husband at her apartment and cried happy tears at the wedding! Woke grandmas indeed.
— Laurie Ulster (@floobish) May 7, 2018
Putting goodness into the world, one ‘woke’ grandparent at a time.