Father-son duo win over TikTok with their Pleasure Month video
A father and son in Oklahoma caught TikTok’s attention for their touching video of the two hanging a flag outside their home to celebrate Pride Month.
Caden Wyatt, 15, came out to loved ones a little over a year ago. That year, during the June Pride celebrations, Caden’s father John honored his son’s identity by placing a giant rainbow flag in front of the family home.
“We want to shock Oklahoma,” John says on TikTok before playing Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” over the footage of his son hanging up the flag.
The video, which was released in the first week of Pride Month, received over 2 million views.
“Happy Pride Month to all of you, especially my son!” John has subtitled the video. “I love you.”
“I claim you as my father,” wrote one commentator. “My dad said he never wanted me to show my flag.”
“That’s a good dad right there !!!!” another added.
“I cried,” someone said. “You are an incredibly supportive family. Your son is lucky. “
In a follow-up video, John explained that the flag – which features black and white stripes in addition to the traditional rainbow stripes – is a straight ally flag for the LGBTQIA + community. Heterosexual allies, like John and his wife, are straight and / or cis-sex people who support equality and LGBTQIA + people and social movements.
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, John said he researched the flag and made sure it was run from Caden before buying it.
“We let people know it’s a safe place,” John told BuzzFeed. “I’m trying not to cause controversy in the neighborhood, but maybe there is someone out there who sees that flag and smiles and feels safe.”
While the online support has been overwhelming for the Wyatt family, they’re also relieved that there hasn’t been any backlash in their community. The family lives in Owasso, a city outside Tulsa that is very conservative. Fortunately there was no vandalism.
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“I was a little nervous at first,” Caden told BuzzFeed. “I didn’t know how people would act, but I just don’t care what they think anymore. I’ll just be myself. “
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