“The words were so simple, but the message was powerful and overwhelming and beautiful,” Katie Mathewson said.
Twenty-six-year-old Katie Mathewson had never come out to her grandparents as gay, but when she became engaged to her girlfriend, MacKenzie Hill, she decided it was now or never.
Courtesy of Katie Mathewson (pictured left)
“I love my dad’s parents, but we haven’t had a close relationship in my adult life,” Mathewson told BuzzFeed News. “They live in a bit of a wealthy, white, heterosexual bubble. I’ve heard them make comments about people outside that bubble that discouraged me from thinking they’d accept their youngest granddaughter being gay. They never meant the things they said to be cruel or hurtful, but it was far from openminded and accepting.”
“I knew I’d still love my grandparents even if they weren’t pleased with the news and that I’d forgive and understand their opinions either way,” Mathewson said. “My letter basically said that I was engaged, it was to a woman, and that I’ve never felt happier, safer, and more in love in my entire life.”