Cool grandma stands up for gay teen at church

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good News

A few months ago, Reddit user BMMiller10 wrote about his grandmother and how she stood up for a gay teen at her church.

This week, that story started going viral.

BMMiller10, 20, who is also gay, writes that his conservative grandmother has grown to love the LGBT community after he came out to her.

"She was fairly conservative before I came out, but her relationship with me beat out any religious leanings. She's been uncomfortable at her church for a few months, because the current pastor is very against LGBT anything," he wrote.

BMMiller10 told the story of how his grandmother's pastor singled out the young boy in front of the entire congregation:

"A kid that attends the church and is in high school is gay, and apparently his parents wrote to the pastor asking what should be done about this. The pastor took the letter the parents wrote, and read it to the entire congregation, outed the kid, and told everyone that they would 'work together to address this problem of homosexuality.'"

BMMiller10's grandmother had enough:

"My grandmother stood up at this point, said, 'There are a lot of problems here, and him being gay is not one of them.' She apologized to the boy, then walked out the door. She just got back from turning in all the stuff she was responsible for for the church's yard sale and Bible School activities. The pastor is furious at her, but the associate pastor told her that he has a feeling she might be the catalyst, leading a lot of people that are unhappy with things out of the church, and that he himself was uncomfortable, because situations like this are what have led some teens to suicide."

The unnamed grandma quickly became an online hero for her compassion and boldness.

"Wow, thank you so much for sharing. Your grandmother sounds like the kind of grandma everyone should have," redditor Wosret wrote.

BMMiller10 called his grandmother's actions a "small thing," but some argued that her actions spoke louder than she knew:

"I don't think it's a small thing at all. It's a VERY BIG thing. I love her and I'm proud of her for standing up for herself, and you, and the boy at church. And for me, too, even though she might not have known it," wrote redditor sandity.

"It's 'small things' like that which lead to big changes and BMMiller10 is certainly lucky to have a nana who’ll not only stand up for him, but for others and what she believes in," wrote Queerty's Lester Brathwaite.