A gay man in Mexico is making headlines after a recent TikTok video of him went viral.
In the video, Henry Jimenez invited his mother to the upcoming wedding with his fiancé. But rather than welcoming the news, she called her son a sinner who was making her sicker and going to be the cause of her death.
The heart-wrenching call left Jimenez and viewers in tears.
“You broke my heart in a thousand pieces,” Jimenez’s mother can be heard on the call.
Jimenez is a 21-year-old photographer and influencer from southern Mexico. Earlier this month, he had posted moving photos and video of his boyfriend proposing to him under a glacier on a trip to the North Pole.
“The easiest YES of my life,” he wrote about his now-fiancé Kasey Kerbox. “I love you with all my heart.”
The happiness of the moment was shattered when Jimenez invited his mother to the wedding. He knew she didn’t approve of his sexuality and of Kerbox, but livestreamed the call anyway not thinking she would turn so viscous.
“I can’t believe you’re serious,” she ranted. “Do you know that’s a sin in front of the eyes of God?”
Jimenez was blindsided by her homophobic outburst. As the call progressed, his shoulders slumped and he rubbed his watering eyes. He fought back tears as his mother continued to attack him.
“You make me sicker than I already am,” she exclaimed at one point, later adding that Jimenez’s sexuality would be the cause of her death.
After listening to his mother accuse him of sinning for Satan, Jimenez decided to end the call.
“OK,” he said, his eyes red with tears. “That’s enough.”
“I didn’t teach you those ways,” his mother continued.
“Bye,” Jimenez said. “I’ll call you later.”
As he turned off the livestream, his eyes were puffy and red, and Jimenez appeared to be on the edge of an emotional breakdown. He wasn’t the only one.
While the video was painful and difficult to share publicly, Jimenez said the message from one youth made it easier to take.
“This as I said IS SO HARD for me to share, but today I got a message from a kid telling how much he felt inspired after watching this and told his parents his biggest secret,” he wrote. “That makes me so happy and makes it all worth it.”