Not Your Average Coming Out Story
As any non-cisgender person will tell you, coming out of the closet is a process, not an event. Recent studies have shown that the average age when LGBT, fluid, or questioning begin the process of coming out is now 16 years old, compared to the 1990’s, when the average age at which people began the process was in their early 20’s.
This fact relates to a study done by an Israeli researcher who determined that the most significant indicator of anxiety in a young LGBT person’s life corresponds with the support of their family and loved ones. So the fact that the world’s LGBT community is coming out of the closet earlier in their lives now is testament to the accepting environment many families are creating for their children — and the Wilson family is a perfect example.
Joan and Craig Wilson of Washington released an ad in a Texas newspaper, The Houston Chronicle, announcing their excitement over the fact that their 17-year-old son, Drake, had recently come out of the closet. Before you get up in arms about their invasion of his privacy, you should know that Drake bravely took to YouTube to publicly announce his sexuality to the world for himself!
But that’s not all — read on to see how Drake’s parents are using their newspaper ad to make a political statement that is long overdue!
Where can I nominate these two for parents of the year?