This Gay Teen's Bold Coming Out Story is Worth Your Applause

September 28th 2015

Diana Crandall

A teenager’s coming out story is going viral after a 16-year-old known as ‘Katie’ accidentally revealed to her family that she is gay by shutting down her ranting grandmother.

After refusing to listen to her grandmother rant about how homosexuals are going to hell at a family gathering, Katie went to leave the room. When her cousin asked where she was going, Katie quipped, "Hell, apparently." She then locked herself in the bathroom, where she sent a series of panicked text messages to a friend, explaining that she was scared about the way she just came out to her family.


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The texts were posted to Katie’s Tumblr a week ago with a message that read: 

“The most terrifying five minutes of my life, but now that it's over, I’m kinda proud of this.” The screenshot has been reblogged on Tumblr more than 239,000 times and was also uploaded to Imgur, where it tallied more than 985,000 views at the time of writing.

It also prompted questioning from fellow Tumblr users. Katie followed up on the story after one anonymous user checked in, asking Katie if she was okay after the experience.

Anonymous Question on Katie's Tumblr

Katie followed up on her story with a new post, explaining that she "ran into the bathroom, where I sent that text."

While I was hiding in the bathroom, my cousin knocked on the door," Katie continued. "'[Y]ou can come out now' [the cousin] said, followed by 'well I guess you already did that, but…'"

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While Katie and her cousin took refuge in her room, Katie’s mom, aunt, and uncle also stood up to Katie's grandmother. Katie said that there was “quite a bit of yelling,” but that her mother came upstairs shortly after and told her that Katie had her support, no matter what.

Katie tells her story on Tumblr

Image screenshot from Katie’s Tumblr.

It looks like Katie’s grandma may have come around, too.

“The next morning, she called to apologize for her actions. I have no idea how sincere this apology was because my mother was the one on the phone with her, but I am still invited to christmas”