Here are two stories to make you feel positive going into the weekend (tomorrow’s Saturday, guys!):
First up, a heartwarming story, via Towleroad, of a dad who, upon overhearing his son talking about his fears at how his parents will react to his upcoming coming-out, wrote a preemptive (and tears-inducing) letter of acceptance, assuring his son of his love and support. This was first posted about on the Facebook page of FCKH8.com.
Here is a transcription of the letter:
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 love you since you were born.
P.S. Your mom and I think you and Mike make a cute couple.
As if that wasn’t amazing and encouraging enough, there was another recent gay-positive news story, this time via The New York Times: Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, has switched his stance on gay marriage and is now embracing the institution following the revelation that his own son is gay.
The senator was quoted as saying, in an interview with Cleveland.com, that his son’s coming out “allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective, and that’s of a dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have — to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years.”
Some positive vibes for your Friday.