In 17 years of bartending, Kara Coley never received a phone call like the one she got the other night: A mother calling to get advice on how to talk to her son, who just came out as gay.
“I don’t want to say anything that may mess him up in the head,” pleaded the nervous parent. Coley, who works at Sipps in Gulfport, Mississippi, recounted the full conversation on Facebook.
Lady: My son just came out to me and I don’t want to say anything that may mess him up in the head.
Me: Well I think that you should just make sure he knows that you love and accept….Wait, do you accept it?
Lady: Well umm yes, if that’s what he wants.
Me: You should definitely let him know that you love and accept him! I think everything will be OK from there!
Lady: OK, well, thank you.
Me: You are very welcome and good luck! The post has been liked more than a 1,000 times and shared more than 150 times.
Many voiced their support to both the mother, for being so thoughtful, as well as to Coley, for handling the situation with grace.
“If I ever get to Gulfport, I want to come to Sipps and hug your neck!” wrote one person “I can’t think there’s a possible better answer you could have given this wonderful mother.
“Great question & answer,” wrote another commenter, a parent to two gay kids of their own. “Love and acceptance: That’s what all human beings need to be able to live their best life.”
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