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'I Am Now Your Mom': Two Women Show Love for LGBTQ Youth

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Writers Quinn Cummings and Sara Benincasa responded to grim headlines in the most uplifting way.

Quinn Cummings, a writer and mother in Los Angeles, was recently scrolling through social media when she noticed the story of Republican delegate Eric Porterfield, who was making headlines for saying the queer community is like the KKK and implying he would drown his children if he learned they were gay.

In response, she teamed up with her friend Sara Benincasa, a writer and comedian also based in L.A., to demonstrate how parenting of potentially-LGBTQ children is supposed to be done.

"Hello," she tweeted. "If you are a teenager reading this and you think you might be gay, or bi, or trans, or asexual, or any way that your parents will not ever accept, and you're starting to feel overwhelmed, here is some good news. I am now your Mom. @SaraJBenincasa is your Aunt."

"We think you are absolutely amazing and perfect, just as you are. Keep your head down, get through high school, know that the world can't wait to meet you, just as you are, but stay safe until it's time to go. Also, I'm a terrible cook. I apologize in advance."

Benincasa chimed in, "I WILL ALWAYS HAVE GUM," and threw herself wholeheartedly into the role of weird, doting Aunt Sara.

The trend quickly went viral, and within a few hours there was an entire adopted family on the internet, waiting to welcome queer youth with open arms.

"I went in for a doctor's appointment and when I came out there were hundreds of family members," Cummings told the New York Times.

Among the 2,400 replies to the original tweet are your new second cousin who hangs out with you like a sibling, your aunt who takes you out for pizza and blasts show tunes in the car, your uncle who teaches you to shoot a jump shot, and your grandma who will take you to all the cool museums and let you buy things from the gift shop.

Oh, and Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth is down to be your fairy godmother.

Do yourself a favor, scroll through the Twitter thread and remember there's a lot of love in the world.

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