Disowned by His Dad for Being Gay, Aussie Man Finds Him on Grindr

Saturday August 6, 2022
Originally published on August 4, 2022

Disowned by His Dad for Being Gay, Aussie Man Finds Him on Grindr
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After being "disowned" by his dad for being gay, the last place an Aussie man expected to find him is Grindr. But that is exactly what happened to a man called Jacob who told Australian radio hosts Kyle and Jackie O, reported the Daily Mail.

Jacob said that he was clicking through Grindr and came across a profile pic of a man's torso. "He didn't recognise his dad's torso from the picture but couldn't shake the feeling there was something a little too familiar about it," writes the Daily Mail. Then he saw something familiar. 'They (his parents) have one of those ensuites that are through the walk-in closet - I thought that looks sort of like my parents house," he said.

"I clicked through the profile to see if it could be my dad," he said.

He added he was confused since he thought his parents seemed as happy as ever and have been together for 27 years. "I have never seen any signs of a rift between them," he explained.

So he decided to engage with the Grindr user. "I wasn't flirting with him. I just engaged in normal conversation, told him I liked his picture and asked where he is from," Jacob said.

He asked for a face pic. Receiving it, he saw it was his father. Now he is not sure as to how to proceed with his mother. "I am very open and forward-thinking, I don't care if he is gay I just don't want him lying to my mum," he said.

"So now I am torn, do I tell mum, do I confront my dad,' he asked the dumbfounded radio hosts."

"I want to hear his opinion and get his story," Jacob said. "I want to know why he has been hiding it from me for so long." 

Noting that "older closeted men are often homophobic," Jacob said his dad "was super against it when I was coming out - he hated me - he was super angry and didn't want anything to do with me in his life."

It took years for them to be back on good terms. "I just don't want this to hurt my mum," he said.