When a young person comes out to their family, it can always be a stressful time. However, a dad on TikTok has gone viral after showing support for his gay son to his conservative town in rural Oklahoma.
In many parts of America, many people involved in the LGBTQ+ community still feel unsafe in their own homes.
However, with each generation becoming more accepting than the last, America finally seems to be moving in the right direction.
On Sunday, just a year after coming out as gay, fifteen-year-old Caden Wyatt - with the support of his family - told the whole town that he was "born this way baby."
For the first time in their lives, and likely one of the first times in their neighborhood, the Wyatts hung a flag outside their house to ring in Pride Month.
John Wyatt, Caden's father, celebrated the event on TikTok by filming himself and his son hanging the ally flag on the front of the house while Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" plays in the background.
In the 4 days since it was posted, it has garnered millions of views, tons of support, praise and heartfelt comments.
"We are fixin' to shock Oklahoma," John Wyatt said in the video.
The Wyatts live in Owasso, just outside of Tulsa, in a strongly conservative community.
Reply to @loodywho still learning as we support. It seems like someone who has fought for acceptance, for so long, would also show the same acceptance♬ original sound - John K Wyatt
"There's a lot of Q flags in our neighborhood, a lot of Trump flags and Blue Lives Matter Flags, [but] you don't see any pride flags at all," John told Buzzfeed. He admitted he wasn't always so supportive of the LGBTQ community — for most of his life, he was very conservative and religious. However, when he and his wife had an inkling that their son might be gay, they began embracing the community.
"That's when we really started embracing [the community], because we knew our son was gay, and at any time he could come out. And he needed to see that we were going to be able to support him and be there for him."
A lot of the comments were centered around the flag they picked.
The flag the family hung outside their home is the "ally flag," featuring a rainbow letter A atop a background of black and white stripes, which Caden and his mother bought at their city's first Pride festival last spring.
"I want people to know that my parents have their back, and so do I," Caden said.
The comments were overwhelmed with support and praise...
"Good Job dad, this actually made me cry lol," one wrote.
"Now this is unconditional love," wrote another.
A third joined with, "I cried. You guys are an incredibly supportive family. Your son is lucky. God Bless and Happy Pride."
"Being from Oklahoma, this IS a big deal. Such supportive parents!!," said a fourth.
The Wyatts hope the ally flag will serve as a symbol that his whole family stands with the LGBTQ+ community.
Reply to @jaimeshiver Shadow Mountain from Behr.♬ original sound - John K Wyatt
John explained in a follow-up TikTok, "the black and white bars represent the heterosexual and cisgender community, the allies...and of course the rainbow colors in the 'A' represent the LGBTQ+ community."
He went on to explain he had done lots of research into the flag to make sure he wasn't promoting something he shouldn't. "[Caden] is the one who told us to buy this flag to show support for him ... but I'm not above doing a little more research," he said in another TikTok video.
We think his support for his son is simply amazing and we hope many more parents here in the U.S will soon follow suit.