Christ-Like Gay Woman Picks Up Restaurant Tab For Homophobic Family

You go Natalie!

A Gay Texas woman gave a conservative Christian family a big surprise when she responded to their anti-LGBT hate speech with an unexpected act of kindness.

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Natalie Woods was eating at Snuffer’s Restaurant in Addison, Texas when she overheard the family discussing how “disgusted” they were after learning that their “liberal” nephew had come out as gay.

When Woods heard one of the family members saying they’d “pray” for Jesus to “cure” their nephew, she decided to “actually act like the Jesus I grew up learning about.” Inspired by Michelle Obama’s famous “when they go low, we go high” speech, Woods chose to confront the family’s homophobic views not with aggression but by buying their dinner.

In addition to covering their bill, Woods left them a note on the receipt: “Happy holidays from the very gay, very liberal table sitting next to you. Jesus made me this way. P.S. Be accepting of your family.”

Though Woods didn’t stay to see see the other table’s reaction, she shared a snapshot of the receipt on her Facebook, where it has since received hundreds of likes and positive comments.

Woods, who used to work for the Human Rights Commission, opened up to the Huffington Post about the incident, which illustrated to her that in spite of the positive steps the country’s taken toward full LGBT equality, “the fight is long [from] over.”

“It’s time myself and the people of this country defend each other, defend minorities, defend people of all races and religions,” she remarked. “Sometimes it starts with small acts of love, sometimes it’s protesting in the streets, voting, lobbying, or running for a local office.”

At a time of great anxiety for many communities, it’s reassuring to see such grace in the face of hate.

h/t: Huffington Post

Texas native with a penchant for strong margaritas, early Babs and tastefully executed side-eye.