This Marine’s Heartwarming Letter to His Bisexual Daughter Will Leave You Speechless
Lifestyle| | By Brian Delpozo
Retired Marine Ron Whitcomb gave his bisexual daughter Dakotah a Christmas gift she’ll never forget.
The seeds were planted months ago, when Whitcomb’s sexuality was inadvertently revealed to her father. During a family dinner, her father noted that their waitress was seemingly hitting on Dakotah. After her brother — who was in on her secret — made a comment that she’d like that, Dakotah let the cat out of the bag completely.
“Yeah, I like girls too,” she said.
“That’s so cool,” her father responded.
Emboldened by her father’s response, she decided to ask her parents for a rainbow/gay pride flag for Christmas. Not only did her parents give her one — but the present also included a heartwarming letter from her father.
The letter read:
“Merry Christmas Dakotah,
When I saw that a gay pride flag was on your list, at first I thought it was an odd request.
But after thinking about it, I think I know why.
I reckon that you feel that everyone else in the family, except grandma, has a flag that represents something we were/are a part of. I have the Marine Corps, Grandpa and Mom have the Navy, and Darr has the Army. So it makes sense that you would want a flag to represent something you are a part of.
I present you with this flag, to display how you would like. In the spring, when I hang the flags up, I would be proud to hang yours up.
Dakotah, who suffers from a chronic pain disorder that precluded her from military service, told The Huffington Post that the letter meant a great deal to her.
“I was really happy and shocked,” she said. “When I read the letter and saw the flag, I cried. It wasn’t just that he got me the flag, but that he was willing to hang it up in front of our house with the rest of our flags.”
My dad got me the best Christmas present I have ever received this year. pic.twitter.com/uGcvWdsUxI
— BadBee 🌵 (@SatanKotah) December 25, 2016
Judging by the numbers, she wasn’t the only person moved by the gesture. Her tweet sharing the story and image has been retweeted over 60,000 times and liked over 200,000 more.