This latest story comes hot off the presses, straight from Reddit. This post saw a young woman asking if she was wrong for telling her parents they no longer have a daughter.
Looking Out for Her Brother
This 16-year-old female has a younger brother, aged 14. They’re very close siblings; she would do anything for her brother.
Her brother has always looked up to her. He’s, in her own words, “a little more feminine,” but this has never been a problem within the family dynamic until last week.
Last week, while she was getting ready for a good friend’s birthday party, her brother came into her room and asked if she could put some makeup on him.
He only wanted a little bit, so she agreed and put some blush, eye shadow, and lipstick on. It was a fun activity between siblings, and they both found it funny and were laughing loudly.
Playing With Makeup
Her parents heard them laughing and came to investigate the noise. Her mum walked into the original poster’s (OP’s) room, saw her brother with makeup on, and started screaming at this 14-year-old boy.
Her father came to check out what was happening, saw his son with makeup on, and was enraged! Both their parents were screaming at this young boy, he was crying, and OP was trying to calm down her parents and get her brother to stop crying.
After five minutes of constant screaming at her brother, her dad called her brother a homophobic slur and said he would not have a homosexual as a son.
This is when the storyteller absolutely lost it – the protective sibling instinct kicked in, and she started screaming at her parents!
She told them they were terrible humans and that they should be ashamed of themselves! She said it didn’t matter if her brother wanted to wear makeup, and they were just having some fun anyway at the end of the day!
She told them that if their first reaction to seeing her brother with makeup on is to call him a slur, she no longer wants to be around them. The kicker: she told them they no longer have a daughter because of their horrendous reaction.
She grabbed her brother’s hand, took him to the bathroom, cleaned his face off, and walked him to their grandmother’s house.
They’ve been staying there ever since. After telling their grandma what had happened, she said they were welcome to stay as long as they wanted and that her dad’s language was unacceptable.
She Went to Her Grandma’s
Their grandma is on their side entirely. She’s a lovely, quite progressive woman and doesn’t tolerate any hatred – especially when directed at her family.
The girl’s mother, playing the victim, phoned her a few days later. She said that what her daughter had said really hurt her feelings, but her daughter retorted that what she and her father had said had hurt her brother’s feelings.
This reply annoyed her mom, and she said that her son needed “to grow up and man up” and that what her dad called him “is just a word!” The girl couldn’t continue the conversation and had to hang up, as she was getting too angry.
She sat down and spoke with her brother and her grandma, and talked about different genders, being gender fluid and non-binary. She told her brother he doesn’t need to identify as any of them if he doesn’t want to, but if he ever needed any more information on any of it, she’d like to help him out. Her grandma agreed.
Her grandma has told her that she and her brother are welcome to live with her for as long as they want. As she’s 16, she can move out of her parent’s house without any legal trouble, but she’s worried about her brother as he’s only 14.
She Doesn’t Want to Go Back
She’s scared that they’ll force him to move back in with them, which will make her brother feel awful. And she’s also terrified that they might try and make them cut contact.
Since they moved into grandma’s, their dad has not attempted to contact them. Other than the previously mentioned phone call, their mum also messaged her a second time recently. She said that they had two weeks to come home, or she’ll call the police to stop them from seeing their grandma!
Luckily her second cousin is a lawyer and is ready to fight for their custody. All the family members aware of the story are on their side.
The OP feels as though she went too far when she told her parents that they no longer have a daughter, but she also feels like they were out of order for using a slur about their 14-year-old son.
She had to ask, if she was wrong.
Reddit users thought this 16-year-old was not the jerk. They thought the dad was in the wrong for using a slur, and both parents acted poorly, shouting at their 14-year-old son.
The top-voted Redditor said, “You stand up for your brother and called of their BS. You’re NTA here, they are. Stick to your gun you’re doing the right thing 😉👍”
What do you think about this story? She stood up for her brother when her parents acted homophobic, but do you think she should have respected her elders’ wishes?
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