There are moments from our lives that are so embarrassing that we still feel a hot ball of shame in our chests after many years, even though objectively speaking we have nothing to feel guilty about. Think really hard about your teenage years: everyone has a handful of memories that make us groan, cringe, and facepalm because of how awkward things got. Memories that make us want to emigrate to Northern Greenland and live among the polar bears, away from all of humanity, until the ice caps melt.

Grant Ginder shared a funny, honest, and awkward story from way back in his teenage years about how he spent half a year downloading pictures of hot men onto his family computer. When confronted by his dad, whether it was him who was collecting the photos of the ‘beefcakes,’ Ginder panicked and tried to pin the blame on his mother. Yup. Awkward. But as any 13-year-old boy will know, this was the only strategically sound (300 IQ, 5D chess) move to make in this situation.

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Grant Ginder had an awkward and funny story to share from his youth

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Ginder shared the story as part of the National Coming Out Day, which was on the 11th of October. We’ve got to give it to Ginder, his story really made our day and all those painful memories from our youth sting just a little less.

When he was 13, Ginder downloaded lots of photos of ‘beefcakes,’ which his dad talked to him about…

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The cherry on top? The fact that Ginder’s mother recently called the 36-year-old and complimented him for his “excellent taste” in men during his teenage years.

Dr. Michael C. LaSala, writing on Psychology Today, has some advice for people who want to come out to their parents.

According to the professor, there’ll probably never be a ‘perfect’ moment to do so, but even so, it’s important to pick your timing: you don’t want to tell your parents the news during a family crisis, an important occasion, or during a massive argument.

What’s more, LaSala argues that your priority should be to show your parents that you love them, that you’re happy and healthy.

Do you agree with Dr. LaSala’s advice? What additional advice would you give? What do you think of Ginder shifting blame onto his mom? Has anything similar ever happened to you? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!

One Twitter user pointed out Ginder’s obvious mistake

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Here’s a picture of Ginder’s loving and supportive parents

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Lots of people loved the ‘beefcake’ story

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