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!
“The Parents Of Drake Are Pleased To Announce…”
— Lone Star Q (@lsqnews) January 19, 2016
The Sunday, January 17, 2016 edition of The Houston Chronicle featured an ad that is not normally seen in the paper’s celebrations section. The ad reads, “The parents of Drake are pleased to announce that their son has come out. Drake is currently a senior in high school where he is captain of the tennis team, ASB Vice President, and NHS member. He is a church deacon and enjoys film making and baking. And yes, he adores Barbra Streisand.”
Rock The Boat!
The Wilsons’ ad could not come at a more perfect time. The loving parents’ announcement was a response to the defeat of HERO, which is short for Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, in November, 2015. It’s hard to believe that a movement to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity could be shot down by voters, but you better believe that it happened in Houston.
“I couldn’t think of a better place than Houston, out of the entire country, where they needed to hear my message of pride,” Joan told the Observer. “My announcement was my way of humanizing the issue.”