People across the internet have flocked to congratulate the family behind a new TikTok video showing a father proudly stand by his gay son's side as he hung a flag outside their house for Pride Month.
With Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" crooning in the video's background, the father looked into the camera and grinned, "we're fixing to shock Oklahoma," showing no hesitation for what might have been a surprise for the other people in their neighborhood.
Happy Pride Month to y’all, especially to my son! Love you @cadenwyatt12 #pridemonth #pride2021🏳️🌈 #ally #prouddad #proudmom Just do you boo…❤️
TikTokers were thrilled to see such great parenting in action.
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BuzzFeed News caught up with the John and Caden Wyatt, the father and son featured in the viral video.
Caden shared how grateful he was for his family's acceptance.
"I'm really lucky to have such supportive parents, because I know a lot of other people aren't as lucky as me."
John shared how, despite his conservative and religious upbringing, supporting his son was a no-brainer.
"That's when we really started embracing [the community], because we knew our son was gay, and at any time he could come out."
"And he needed to see that we were going to be able to support him and be there for him."John shared why he felt it was important to encourage hanging the flag.
"There's a lot of Q flags in our neighborhood, a lot of Trump flags and Blue Lives Matter Flags, [but] you don't see any pride flags at all."
"We're letting people know it's a safe place," John said. "I'm not trying to cause any controversy in the neighborhood, but maybe there's some person out there who will see that flag and smile and feel safe."
Clearly, John's parenting has done the trick. Caden told BuzzFeed how confident he feels in himself.
"I was kind of nervous at first, because I didn't know how people were going to act, but I just don't really care what they think anymore."
"I'm just going to be myself."
Fortunately, the Wyatt's were happy to report they've had very little noticeable reaction since hanging the flag.