Sadly, most internet stories about a stranger approaching two gay men to ask about their sexuality don't end in happy tears. But this one is an exception in the most refreshing way.When the Twitter user Jack Remmington and his friend were approached by a strange man in Las Vegas while playing Mariah Carey slots, they weren't surprised he asked if they were gay.Ok I just experienced the nicest exchange with a stranger and think it’ll help to share: I was playing on the Mariah Carey slots in Vegas (naturally) and a friendly circa-mid-40s ish guy sat down to play on the machine next to me— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 2, 2019 I was sitting with @marcoalessifilm, both wearing pink (naturally) and after chatting a little to the guy about Vegas, he nervously asked if he could ask us a question. I knew where this was gonna go as it always does so did a bit of an inner eye roll but indulged him anyway— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 2, 2019 He then asked if we were together so we said no (we’re best friends and he has a fab bf) and he asked if we were gay, so we said yes. He then said he thinks his 13 year old son might be gay and wondered if he could ask us how best for him to navigate that— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 2, 2019 Luckily, the arc of the conversation went to an unexpectedly wholesome place after the man's initial query.He lit up when talking about his son, and I nearly started crying at how much he clearly loved him. The guy wanted to know how to make his son feel most comfortable about himself whilst not being too overt and glaringly obvious in forcing a conversation about his sexuality— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 2, 2019 The man proceeded to share that he suspects his 13-year-old son is gay, and wants to know how to best express love and support (without placing undue pressure on his son to come out before he's ready).This man is SO sweet. From rural Arkansas and said whilst things are so much better now, he still just wants the world to be totally equal for his son. Marco and I said he sounds like he’s doing all the right things and that making his son know he’s loved is the best he can do— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 2, 2019 We both gave a couple of anecdotes from personal experience, largely relating to condoning abstract things when you see them like normalising conversations around gay kisses on TV or calling our family conversations that might shame potential queerness— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 2, 2019 Both Remmington and his friend shared the small acts of solidarity and love that made them feel less alone when they were in the closet, and how there are many indirect ways the father can express support.We also mentioned not accidentally policing things so as to shame him - for instance, often out of a sense of protection and love parents can frown on a child’s behaviour or outfit because they’re worried for their safety when on a night out etc.— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 2, 2019 But we stressed that if this was their feeling it’s important to vocalise this exactly, rather than leaving the child ruminating over the parent’s intentions and second guessing why they said what they said— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 2, 2019 So in terms of advice to friends or relatives of a potentially queer person, what would fellow queers advise is the best way to make it known they have their love and support without causing an uncomfortable conversation that might force someone to come out before they’re ready?— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 2, 2019 Remmington shared an example of a time his father reacted positively to a moment where two men kissed on screen, and how he knew his dad's reaction was intentional. At the time, Remmington was still in the closet, and his dad told him and his (straight) brother that if either of them were gay, they were loved and supported.For instance - when I was about 12, my v obviously straight brother and I were watching a soap with my dad and there was a gay kiss on screen. I vividly remember my dad saying if either of us ever thought we were gay that we would still be just as loved by our mum and dad— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 2, 2019 Knowing that nothing would change stuck with me hugely and I remember that convo as if it was yesterday - it was *clearly* said for my benefit but was comfortable enough that it wasn’t a direct exchange and I appreciate my dad so much for this— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 2, 2019 The father who spoke with Remmington shared the small ways he was trying to normalize queer acceptance in their rural Arkansas home.I literally still have shivers thinking about that wonderful man. The difference he’ll make to not just his son’s life but to so many others by having and open mind and a loving heart is unbelievable. There’s hope!! ❤️— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 2, 2019 He’s clearly doing all the right things and is making his son feel as comfortable as he can. Take notes people this is how it’s done!! Particularly given that the boy is growing up far out of a metropolitan city this kind of unconditional love and support is invaluable— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 2, 2019 Still just mulling over this - the dad clearly has no gay people in his life to ask so did his best to ask people with that experience to help make his son’s life and journey though potential queerness as seamless as possible. What a wonderful wonderful man— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 2, 2019 DMs always v open for anyone with any questions about how best to handle a situation like this! Or for any queers struggling and wanting to talk ❤️— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 2, 2019 As if this story wasn't wholesome enough in itself, Remmington's thread inspired dozens of parents of LGBTQ kids to reach out.To warm your hearts even further I just have to say I’ve had over 50 parents / relatives of queer kids reaching out in my DMs to express their support/appreciation for this thread and it is GORGEOUS to know there is so much love for LGBTQ youth in the world today— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 3, 2019 Also on a purely selfish level the joy I’m getting reading all these messages is overwhelming. Obviously can’t share them but just know that there are so many happy queer kids telling me beautiful stories in my DMs all because of this wonderful dad and the conversation he started— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 3, 2019 Also one of my favourite responses to the thread is:‘Express support at times when it’s not a discussion’This is exactly what my dad did for me and it so perfectly made me feel loved without placing me in an uncomfortable position to have a conversation I wasn’t ready for— wap rem x (@jackremmington) January 3, 2019 This level of wholesome tenderness is so rare and wonderful to hear about.