Twenty-year-old Dakotah Whitcomb accidentally came out as bi earlier this year in a restaurant with her father, a retired Marine, and his reaction was — “That’s so cool!” And yet, it’s what her father did this Christmas that gained him some major “cool” points.
When asked by her parents what she wanted for Christmas this year, Dakotah felt comfortable enough asking for a rainbow Pride flag. On Christmas day, Dakotah got a little more than just a Pride flag from her parents, she also received a heartfelt letter from her dad.
Merry Christmas Dakotah,
When I saw that a gay pride flag was on your list, at first I thought it was an odd request.
But after thinking about it, I think I know why.
I reckon that you feel that everyone else in the family, except grandma, has a flag that represents something we were/are a part of. I have the Marine Corps, Grandpa and Mom have the Navy, and Darr has the Army. So it makes sense that you would want a flag to represent something you are a part of.
I present you with this flag, to display how you would like. In the spring, when I hang the flags up, I would be proud to hang yours up.
Like us, Dakotah was moved by her father’s words. She said, “I was really happy and shocked. When I read the letter and saw the flag, I cried. It wasn’t just that he got me the flag, but that he was willing to hang it up in front of our house with the rest of our flags.”
“It means the world to me!” Dakotah said. “It just drives it home that he accepts me!”
She shared a picture of the letter and the flag on Twitter and it seemed others were also moved by her dad’s gesture. It’s been liked over 245K times and retweeted over 61K times, proving that parents who support their LGBT kids are just “so cool.”
My dad got me the best Christmas present I have ever received this year. pic.twitter.com/uGcvWdsUxI
— BadBee 🌵 (@SatanKotah) December 25, 2016