Parents React to Their Daughter's Coming Out With a True Celebration of Love

Rainbow pride cake Parenting should be all about unconditional love, but, sadly, that often falls into the category of "easier said than done." So, we're thrilled to hear about this demonstration of exceptional parenting and acceptance. When New Jersey teen Kinsey Ratzman came out to her parents, they not only took the news well, but they also threw her a surprise party -- complete with a rainbow-inspired menu.  

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Kinsey's story is taking the Internet by storm because, unfortunately, not all moms and dads are as accepting as the Ratzmans are. Her act of courage, and the love with which it was met, has inspired others to come out as well, making her a bit of a hero within the community. 

 

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Kinsey told BuzzFeed she realizes that her parents' awesome reaction goes far beyond their family:  

Especially in light of the Pulse shootings this past Pride Month, our community needs a little joy and hope and I'm glad to say my family has helped contribute to that.

Check out this rainbow-themed party. Love is always something to celebrate, isn't it?

Imagine your child growing up feeling as if she couldn't share such a huge part of her life with you? Whether they'd had an inkling or were completely blindsided by Kinsey's coming out, the Ratzmans totally handled it like champs, and we hope it moves other moms and dads to follow suit.

Kinsey can now enter her senior year of high school knowing she's no longer hiding part of herself from family and friends. 

still haven't accepted the fact that I'm a senior �

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And, really, what happens if you don't accept your children for who they are? You risk alienating them, causing them stress and shame, and, most likely, damaging your relationship permanently.

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Whether your child is gay, straight, an A-student, a star athlete, or still trying to figure it all out, it's a parent's job to nurture and support his or her hopes and dreams. 

Kudos to Kinsey's parents for doing that and more.

 

Images via kinseyratzman/Instagram

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