Holidays are tough for anyone. However, they are particularly tough for anyone in the LGBTQ community.
Many have chosen families of queer parents and siblings who stand in for the support they do not get from their biological family members.
This is certainly the case for Masin Elije.
On November 16th, he tweeted a voicemail from his mother.
If you are ever wondering how it is being gay and having a homophobic family, here’s what it sounds like. Ever sinc… https://t.co/1L19KhlEMy— Masin Elijè (@Masin Elijè)1542389603.0
In the voicemail, Elije's mother states...
"You're not my child because I don't raise a child like you."
Elije explained the context.
I hung up on her bcus she said “you’re mad with your life bcus you were molested and forced to be gay, you don’t ha… https://t.co/O3FPMgYPHp— Masin Elijè (@Masin Elijè)1542389717.0
I love my mom, but she literally ONLY calls me when she needs something like MONEY. I have money and I always give… https://t.co/ZOlK2PkVTQ— Masin Elijè (@Masin Elijè)1542390164.0
So I say all this to say, My life is not perfect. I have cursed her out, I have thought about killing this bitch. B… https://t.co/DNSdI6Uxa2— Masin Elijè (@Masin Elijè)1542390615.0
Some could definitely relate.
@MasinElije This sucks because I’ve been through this exact same situation and it took a year before I spoke to my… https://t.co/fW7MrOAlXH— SHAKEEL 🇹🇹 (@SHAKEEL 🇹🇹)1542391348.0
@megsparks276 @coindexter1upp @MasinElije I changed my phone number so my mom couldn’t contact me. People think tha… https://t.co/zkFdfizn0c— Meegan (@Meegan)1542574616.0
@MasinElije I went through this before , to the point where i thought she hated me, she didn’t even celebrate my bi… https://t.co/DWz6rKP4yn— Crystal Arias (@Crystal Arias)1542473742.0
@MasinElije There’s nothing wrong with you love, it’s her own demons she’s facing and she’s taking it out on the wr… https://t.co/Y87yUUzYHS— Crystal Arias (@Crystal Arias)1542473804.0
Many expressed empathy.
@MasinElije I’m sorry you’re dealing with this. I can’t imagine how difficult this must be. You’re welcome as my gu… https://t.co/V8yJQspJU1— Andrew (@Andrew)1542409565.0
@MasinElije @nic_iconic This voicemail hurt my soul. I cannot imagine how painful it may be to hear such things fro… https://t.co/n0dhF5m4G1— faves (@faves)1542390524.0
@MasinElije I’m so sorry this is what you have to deal with and i will gladly share my mom with you. She will adore you tremendously. 💞💞— Ethan Hill (@Ethan Hill)1542390449.0
Most felt that Elije needed to cut his mother off if she was going to continue to hurt him.
@MasinElije I hate to be the one, but cut her off. Know your worth. I wish I could hug you right now. A mother is a… https://t.co/fZf4LeOg8r— 𝑲𝒆𝒆𝒛𝒖𝒔 🌙 (@𝑲𝒆𝒆𝒛𝒖𝒔 🌙)1542399245.0
@MasinElije @AdrianXpression Oh no ma’am you got to stay away from that, It’s okay to love from a distance. Blood i… https://t.co/hY4YiEnnHt— Danni B✨ (@Danni B✨)1542395892.0
@MasinElije It’s sad when you’re being yourself & living your best life that people will call that changing & try t… https://t.co/DTrsCFny3P— Ti (@Ti)1542403866.0
Thank goodness for chosen family.