People who do not identify with binary labels that society has set for us are often stigmatized and isolated. Several non-conforming people from the LGBTQ+ community have grown up feeling unloved with no sense of belonging. Oftentimes, they are rejected by their own loved ones.
A similar kind of pain was apparent in one kid’s letter to Santa. With Christmas around the corner, kids across the globe are wishing for Santa to bring them their favourite toy, However, a child named Will, who says he’s gay, only wants one gift – to know if God loves and supports queer people like him, reports The Indian Express.
“Dear Santa, do you support the LGBTQ community and if you can speak to God, can you tell him I love him, and if he loves me for being gay,” the letter read.
A Twitter user found his letter from The United States Postal Service Operation Santa website, and she said that it broke her heart. Have a look:
This letter to Santa broke my heart. pic.twitter.com/NWbum1rvaX
— Nancy Cruz-Garcia 🇲🇽 (@Nancy_Cruises) November 22, 2020
People online were left teary-eyed too. Many said that it is the parents’ responsibility to make their kids feel loved, despite whichever label they choose to identify with. Many slammed the conservative society for making lives difficult for children.
That is the most heart breaking thing. And the worst part is that if this kid is asking this, then there is a huge chance they might not be receiving the love they need.
— Ant 🎄LAAAAST CHRISTMAS (@AGramuglia) November 22, 2020
WHO IS TELLING THESE QUEER CHILDREN THAT SANTA DOESNT LOVE THEM
— KIE (@kierra3lyse) November 23, 2020
It absolutely kills me that our society, at any time at all, and especially still present day, could engrain this awful thought in anyone’s mind.
— Loud Stroud! (@hulkmeow) November 22, 2020
Being a queer kid is so difficult 💔 I hope this little boy knows that God does love him no matter what
— The Evil Wench (@aLilBitWrOng_) November 23, 2020
i wish we could respond and tell will there is a whole community ready to affirm how much God loves him exactly how he is❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
— madvent🍊🪴 (@sleepymathgrl) November 23, 2020
This hurts my heart so much. I hope will and all the other little lgbtq+ babies know (and get told) they’re so, so loved. For those who believe in Christianity, yes, God loves you. Don’t believe those who say he doesn’t. 😭🥺
— Ashley (@yelhsawo) November 23, 2020
IF YOUR CHILD GOES THROUGH CHILDHOOD NOT FEELING LOVED BECAUSE THEY ARE GAY THEN YOU HAVE FAILED AS A PARENT. https://t.co/UGNaQCrXww
— mason (@mmason_n) November 24, 2020
stop telling your children that God will not love them for who they are. https://t.co/9AvXKWPHEY
— tate ✨ (@tayjanel5) November 23, 2020
this world is so fucking broken man, no kid writing a letter to santa should EVER have to feel this way. https://t.co/NbsnhaYPIu
— rea 🌈 (@reagannelise) November 24, 2020
No one should ever feel like they are unloved because they identify outside prescribes social labels. If they do, then we have failed as a society.