Think your grandpa’s the best? Wait ’till you see what this super cool grandfather did for his gay grandson.
80-year-old Frank Orvino, who wanted to show his support for his gay grandson Joe Skwarek, went to a tattoo parlor in Chicago to get himself inked with the equality sign. The tattooing process was videoed and uploaded on YouTube last week by user Will Wrench, the grandson’s partner. What Frank says on the video while getting inked will melt your heart.
Wrench wrote the following description for the video:
“Watch as my partner Joe’s almost 80-year old Grandfather gets tattoed to show his support for gay rights. About a month ago, Joe got an equal sign tattoo in support of human equality, and Grandpa Frank wanted to show his love and support, too. The world is really blessed to have people like Frank, who not only love unconditionally, but also accept everyone for who they are. Please enjoy the video, and be sure to share so everyone can see what a great Grandpa Joe has!”
Grandpa Frank had the equality tattoo right above his wrist. Frank’s grandson also dons the same equality ink on his belly, making them tattoo buddies.
While being inked, the tattoo guy asked grandpa his reasons for getting the tattoo. Grandpa Frank replied:
“I wanted to support my grandson who is gay. I think it’s important that we show support for him.”
“My grandson came out to me first … and he thought it was a big deal, and I said I didn’t think it was”
The tattoo guy seemed to have appreciated Frank’s wonderful gift as well, describing the grandpa’s intentions for getting tattooed as “awesome.”
The grandpa even belittled the pain he was getting from the tattoo:
“This pain is nothing [compared] to what my grandson went through when he first came out. That had to be traumatic and I felt bad, but [then] for the whole family to come together and support him… it was just fantastic.”
According toMetro, grandpa Frank was the first to learn about his grandson’s sexuality, when Joe decided to come out to his grandpa personally. Orvino has been supportive of his grandson ever since his coming out and even joins the Chicago Gay Pride march every year.
An ABC News poll concluded last March that the elderly are the least supportive of gay marriage, with 43 percent of all surveyed expressing opposition to gay marriage. Only 47 percent of our grandmas and grandpas included in the data gave approval to gay marriage, compared to 54 percent from the 40-64 group and a whopping 72 percent from the 18-39 group.
But grandpa Frank Orvino is one of those cooler grandpas that shows not all of our elderly are against gay marriage – and he’s got a bad*ss tattoo to prove it.