Being in public and calling out homophobia is always a brave thing, especially when you do it in a creative way like a nonprofit worker in Texas.
Natalie Woods was enjoying a meal with some friends at Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar in Addison when she overheard a troubling conversation from a family at a nearby table. The family members were reportedly "disgusted" that a "liberal" nephew identified as gay and wondered if Jesus could "cure" him.
Woods wanted to respond to the family. But instead of speaking directly to them, she apparently paid for their meal and wrote a message to them on their receipt.
"Happy Holidays from the very gay, very liberal table sitting next to you," Woods wrote. "Jesus made me this way."
She also added that they should be "accepting of your family."
"It's time myself and the people of this country defend each other, defend minorities, defend people of all races and religions," she told Huffington Post. "Sometimes it starts with small acts of love, sometimes it's protesting in the streets, voting, lobbying, or running for a local office."
Woods posted a photo of the receipt to Facebook on November 11. As of Thursday, it received over 1,400 likes.
It is everyone's responsibility to speak out against homophobia, and suffering in silence should never be an option. Parents should especially be supportive of their LGBTQ children and empower them to stand up to hate — just like how Woods handled the situation.
"My reaction [to the viral post] has been overwhelmed and shocked," Woods wrote to A Plus. "I didn't do anything crazy or over the top, just showed love to some people that needed to see what real love looks like, and that's compassion."