An anti-gay mom in Nassau County, on Long Island, New York, is so adamant in her prejudice against gay people, that she has invited the world to call her on the phone so she can explain her objections to homosexuality.
Well, either that or someone with a 516 area code number is the victim of a very cruel prank. Internet hoaxes happen all the time, and in at at least some ways, it would be better if this were one of them. But true or false, the anti-gay mom birthday party story will have hurt some some very real feelings.
Here’s the story, at least the way it’s being presented in reports circulating on line today, anyway. It started with a birthday party invitation for a 7-year-old girl named Sophia, in Baldwin, New York. That’s a community within the town of Hempstead on Long Island.
The thing is, the parents who sent out the invitation are a same-sex couple. That fact, of course, wasn’t mentioned on the invitation — why should it be? — which simply announced that Sophia’s seven-year birthday bash would be “a tie dye party.” So presumably, little kids and their parents were encouraged to show up dressed as Grateful Dead fans.
But one mom — one apparently very anti-gay mom — was so offended by the simple fact that a same sex couple would send out a birthday invite for their little girl, that she felt moved to scrawl an angry screed on the invite and return it.
Here’s what the note said, in case you can’t read it in the above photo. But stick with this story. There’s a kicker coming up.
“Tommy will NOT attend. I do not beleive (sic) in what you do and will not subject my innocent son to your ‘lifestyle.’ I am sorry Sophia has to grow up this way. If you have an issue or need to speak to me: 516-xxx-xxxx.”
As you see, “Beth” gave her phone number at the end of the note.
When the two dads, understandably offended, shared the above photograph of the note, complete with phone number with two local morning DJ’s, “Steve and Leeana” of K-98.3, the station posted the photo on its Facebook page.
And here’s the kicker. The station said that it called the anti-gay mom and she gave them permission to post her phone number to let anyone who has a problem with her anti-gay stance hear it from her own lips.
We’ve obscured the number in the photo above, because if this is a sadistic prank on an innocent person — or even if it’s not — someone is going to need new phone number in a hurry.
The Addicting Info site attempted to call the anti-gay mom, but not surprisingly just got a message, “Hello. Please state your name after the tone, and Global Voice will try to connect you.”