By Alex J Davidson
Originally published on Advocate.com November 22 2013 3:34 PM ET
Parents now have another resource for support and advice after their child comes out to them.
Everyone Is Gay, a website that gives advice to young people on topics such as dating and coming out, has released the first in a series of videos about kids coming out to their parents. There are there are three more to follow. The video, which was produced in collaboration with Mom.me, features Shelby, 17, recounting with her parents, Pauline and Joon, how she came out to them two years ago.
In the video, she reads her coming out letter: “Dear Mom and Dad. There’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you — and I’ve been giving it a lot of thought lately. I hope it’s not too much of a shock, though yes it will probably change your lives. So here goes, three words: I am gay!”
What follows is a fruitful conversation among the three family members, about what it was like for each of them before and after Shelby came out. The parents offer their side, that Shelby’s coming out did not affect their love for her, and Shelby recalls how she first told her brother and explains why she told him before her parents. It is an honest and modern coming-out story, filled not with drama but instead with love and understanding.
Everyone Is Gay, which is expanding its audience to include parents, recently raised over $50,000 to launch the Parents Project, a video series of parent-child coming-out stories as well as tips from its cofounders, Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid. The goal, says Russo, is to provide a much-needed resource that is currently being overlooked.
Watch the video below.
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