It is one of the hardest thing in the world to come out to your parents. How are they going to react? Will they be kind, will they throw you out, will it be the best or the worst thing to happen?
One brave teenager, Hayden, decided to record his coming out to his mom. He was clearly terrified, not only as he was about to come out in front of YouTube, but he and his mom had been arguing recently. Originally posted last year, it has recently gone viral again online.
‘I’m gay’, he says, tearfully in his room.
‘Are you? That’s ok,’ his mom responds.
‘That’s very brave of you to tell me that. Thank you for telling me. It doesn’t make me love you any less – at all. Ok? Your choice is your choice. I accept you however way you are. You’re still my boy. You’re still my son. It’s okay. How did it come about, how long have you known?’
She added: ‘I’m telling you I’m always here for you. I’m here, I’m your mom. Is that what you’ve been grouchy lately? I’m sorry but now I think I understand what is going on, I can be a little bit more mindful. It’s okay hunny. It’s okay. You love who you love.’
And then mom says: ‘Hunny, I’m okay with it. Okay? I am okay with it. Can I tell you something too? As you’ve been so open with me, I’ll tell you a secret too.’
‘What?…’ Hayden says.
‘I’ve had a girlfriend.’
A look of shock definitely passes his face.
‘Not since your dad passed away. Yeah? It’s goes both ways. Yeah? And I was always worried about what you would think. That’s why I always kept it to myself, when you and Dad would joke about me and Marilyn. Sweetheart, thank you for opening up to me. I love you, you know that. I’ll always love you.’