This Is How Every Parent Should Respond After Their 13-Year-Old Comes Out

By Jase Peeples

Originally published on Advocate.com March 13 2014 12:39 PM ET

When 13-year-old Connor came out to his mother, he got a reaction that has many in the LGBT community applauding.

Not only did the young man’s mother accept her son with open arms, she felt compelled to write him a letter to ensure he knew she loved him and was thankful they had the kind of relationship that made him feel comfortable enough to reveal his sexuality to his family at such a young age.

After Patrick Wallace uploaded a photo of the heartwarming note was to aNoteToMyKid.com, it immediately began circulating throughout the Internet.

The full note reads:

Dear Connor,

I am writing you this letter so you have something tangible, something to hold onto if you should ever need it., to always remind you that we love you.

I am pretty proud that we have the kind of relationship in which you felt comfortable coming out to me at 13 years old. I am hoping that we have created an environment in our house in which you know you are loved, you are safe, and that we will support you and fight for you.

Dad and I love you very much. You are growing into such an amazing young man. You are pure potential. We can’t wait to see where it takes you!

Love,
Mom

The uplifting note is the latest to make the rounds in this feel-good Internet trend.

Last year, a father wrote his son a similar note after overhearing a phone conversation where the young man told a friend he was planning to come out to his family.