A letter written by a father who disowned his son after coming out of the closet has gone viral on the Internet.

James, this is a difficult but necessary letter to write.

I hope your telephone call was not to receive my blessing for the degrading of your lifestyle. I have fond memories of our times together, but that is all in the past.

Don’t expect any further conversations With me. No communications at all. I will not come to visit, nor do I want you in my house.

You’ve made your choice though wrong it may be. God did not intend for this unnatural lifestyle. If you choose not to attend my funeral, my friends and family will understand.

Have a good birthday and good life. No present exchanges will be accepted.

Goodbye, Dad

Reddit user RegBarc (or “James”) said that the letter was written five years ago by his father after he came out of the closet as gay.

“I’ve never done drugs, was an excellent student, an obedient child (far less trouble than many of my classmates), didn’t drink until I was 22 because it terrified me, and have had just 1 speeding ticket in my life,” he noted. “Yet I am still seemingly deserving of this terrible act of hate and cowardice that one person can place on another.”

He continued, “5 years on and I am still doing fine, though this letter saunters into my mind every once in a while. When it does, I say without hesitation: F**k you, Dad.”

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