73-Year-Old Man Comes Out; Neighbor, Internet Welcomes Him With Open Arms

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Sunday June 6, 2021
Originally published on June 3, 2021

When a 73-year-old man came out, his family was not accepting — but his neighbor was.
When a 73-year-old man came out, his family was not accepting — but his neighbor was.  (Source:Screencap/Instagram/'nextdoor')

A viral video about a 73-year-old man coming out and being celebrated by his neighbor has taken the internet by storm.

According to media reports, the video shows the supportive neighbor raising Pride flags around his own yard in support of the older man.

"My dad's neighbour just came out as gay at 73!" reads the video's caption. "His family aren't supportive. So Dad did this to show him he is not alone."

The identities of the 73-year-old and his neighbor are not known, but the neighbor's son posted the video to TikTok under the name Xander. The video was then reshared via Instagram by the account @nextdoor.

The Indian Express noted the timing of the posts, which published on June 1, the first day of Pride Month.

"The month is commemorated to honour those who have been advocating and fighting for equal rights for the community," the article explained.

Since the video went viral, many users online have shared supportive messages for the 73-year-old.

"Awweee, good for him," one user responded. "It's never too late. As long as your happy and love yourself, do what is right for you!"

Another user wrote, "To be fully seen and accepted by yourself is such a beautiful place to be."

Even more social media users have responded with hearts, tearful emojis, and hand-clapping emoticons.

Watch the heartwarming clip below:

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.