I don't know about you, but I wouldn't give a flying fig if one of my kids turned out to be gay -- in fact, I can't for the life of me begin to understand why any parent would be bothered by the idea. But, as we are all unfortunately aware, lots of moms and dads are quite bothered by the concept, to the point where kids are completely traumatized by the mere thought of coming out to their parents. (And who can blame them, when some adults are horrible and narrow-minded enough to do things like have their kids kidnapped in the middle of the night and shipped off to "camps" where they can "learn" to be straight?!)
Anyway, the good news is, not all parents are intolerant, so not all kids are terrified. But even non-terrified gay children get a little nervous about breaking the news to their families. Like Ryan, the teen in this video.
When Ryan felt ready to come out to his mom, he decided to film the experience and post it on YouTube to support other kids who might be going through the same thing. Or in his words:
“I made this video because when I was contemplating coming out for the last year, I found other similar videos of people coming out to family members on a hidden camera really helpful. I noticed that there weren’t very many of these videos, so I wanted to create my own to help other people in the same way … My mom reacted in an amazing way, and I really hope that all of you have a similar experience.”
He's not kidding -- his mom's reaction was amazing. Just watch (but be prepared to get a bit teary-eyed):
I love that woman, and I love that kid -- and I hope and pray that this video gives both parents and kids food for thought. (Mostly parents, though. Because it's really on US to lovingly accept our kids for the people they are -- if we make a point of doing just that, they should feel comfortable telling us anything.)
What would you do if your teen came out to you?
Image via Ryan Dubs/YouTube