In response to an open call for stories about the kindest thing a stranger has done, an openly gay bookstore worker shared a touching story of queer love and support that's making Twitter virtually hug each other and sob.
"Oh God I can’t even tell this story and not cry," tweeted @TweetChizone. "I used to manage an LGBT bookstore, when bookstores were still a thing. One night, a caller says he thinks he might be gay and is considering self-harm. We were not a crisis center! But as long as we’re talking, he’s safe, right?"
Oh God I can’t even tell this story and not cry.
I used to manage an LGBT bookstore, when bookstores were still a thing. One night, a caller says he thinks he might be gay and is considering self-harm. We were not a crisis center!
But as long as we’re talking, he’s safe, right?
— (@TweetChizone) March 4, 2019
"So I talk to this guy and I answer questions, and I try to be encouraging and I’m maybe sounding a little frantic and I’m definitely ignoring the 4-5 customers in the store, and this angel of a woman puts her hand on my shoulder and asks for the phone. 'My turn,' she says."
"And SHE, this 50-something lesbian talks to this stranger on the phone. And a LINE FORMS BEHIND HER. Every customer in that store knows that call, knows that feeling, and every person takes a turn talking to that man. That story comforts me so much to this day."
Faith in humanity restored! Twitter had a lot of feelings about the story:
This is so kind I cannot
— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) March 4, 2019
All of these stories are amazing, but this made me sob and call my mother.
— Jenner (@jenneraustin) March 4, 2019
Haven't been able to stop thinking about this and how independent bookstores & rural public libraries always felt like sanctuaries. A safe place with kind souls seeing more than you realize at the time. It's the people: reading is the physical act of empathy, so empaths abound.
— Southernmost (@SouthernmostPen) March 5, 2019
I just teared up. Love this
— Andrew (@AndrewHaehn) March 5, 2019
I can't even read this story and not cry...human kindness AT IT's BEST! Wow. I am filled with hope!
— AmyinAtlanta212 (@AmyinAtlanta212) March 5, 2019
You might be wondering what they talked to the guy about. "Mostly what we talked about was just, like, thumbnail sketches of our lives," said the original poster in another tweet. "When we came out, how it went, the value we took from it. The important thing is there are SO MANY people in your corner; you have no idea how hard we’re cheering for you."
PRIDE has reached out to the storyteller for comment and will update accordingly. Anyone else need a tissue?