In a conservative Oklahoma community, a father supports his gay son with a flag of pride outside his home.
The flag-hanging moment was captured on TikTok and garnered over 1 million views and 400,000 likes.
“We have a lot of Q flags in our neighborhood, a lot of Trump flags and a Blue Lives Matter flag, [but] You don’t see any pride flags at all,” Jon Voight, father, told Buzzfeed.
On Sunday in Owaso, John told the audience he was “okay to shock Oklahoma”, his son, Caiden Wyatt, 15, hanging the “Allied Flag” alongside Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”, which was playing in the background.
Eli Pride Flag is for heterosexual or cisgender people who want to show support to the LGBTQ+ community. It has black and white stripes and an iridescent letter A.
Caden came to her family a year ago and told BuzzFeed she was lucky to have supportive parents. By hanging the flag, it was the most people he’d ever said he was gay.
“I was very nervous at first, because I didn’t know how people were going to act, but I really don’t care what they think,” Caden said. “I’m just going to be myself.”
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BuzzFeed reported that in the past, John did not support the LGBTQ community because of his conservative and religious views. That all changed when he and his wife quickly realized that Caiden might be gay.
“That’s when we really started to embrace [the community]’Cause we knew our son was gay, and he could come out at any time,” John told BuzzFeed.
There was some debate in the comments section on TikTok as to whether those ally flags were the right choice, but John told viewers in another video that he had done his research and Caiden asked his parents to show him support. Buy it.
Caden told BuzzFeed that he wants the flag to be a symbol of a safe place and that his entire family supports the LGBTQ community.
“I want people to know that my parents have their backs, and so do I,” Caden said.
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