The 6 Best Parents of 2013

With deeds ranging from encouraging letters to acts of profound solidarity, these parents embody acceptance and generosity.

BY Alex J Davidson

December 23 2013 5:00 AM ET

Dad's Letter Helps Son Come Out

The father of a closeted gay teen who wrote a letter to his son after overhearing a conversation his son was having about plans to come out to his family. The letter reads:   

    I overheard your phone conversation with Mike last night about your plans to come out to me. The only thing I need you to plan is to bring home OJ and bread after class. We are out, like you now.

  I’ve known you were gay since you were six. I’ve loved you since you were born.

   - Dad

  P.S. Your mom and I think you and Mike make a cute couple.