Advice columnist "Ask Amy," otherwise known as Amy Dickinson, had some choice words for a parent who just doesn't know what to do with their gay son, as he just "won’t listen to reason, and he will not stop being gay."
The parent, penned as "feeling betrayed," is extremely concerned about what their church group will think if they find out about their gay son. "I feel as if he is doing this just to get back at me for forgetting his birthday for the past three years -- I have a busy work schedule," the parent explains in their letter.
Dickinson's incredible response to this delusional parent opens with a suggestion to "teach your son an important lesson by changing your own sexuality to show him how easy it is. Try it for the next year or so: Stop being a heterosexual to demonstrate to your son that a person’s sexuality is a matter of choice -- to be dictated by one’s parents, the parents’ church and social pressure."
Dickinson's advice comes on the heels of a growing awareness about the dangers of gay conversion therapy, and moves to make the practice illegal in a number of states after it was outlawed in California and New Jersey.
"Pressuring your son to change his sexuality is wrong," Dickson tells the parent, before directing them to some PFLAG resources. "If you cannot learn to accept him as he is, it might be safest for him to live elsewhere."
Click here to read the amazing "Ask Amy" response, as seen in the Washington Post.
CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this article implied that the parent seeking Amy's advice was a mother. This has been changed to reflect the gender non-specificity of the writer.