“I’ve Known You were Gay Since You were Six. I’ve Loved You Since You were Born”

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Source of Photograph: http://imgur.com/RuPr7WV

When a father overheard his gay son talking on the telephone about his plans to come out, the father wrote him this note of acceptance: “Nate, 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.” By the way, in January 2013 a 15-year-old named Laurel came out to her parents by baking a cake—the icing stated, “I’m gay”—and writing this message to go with it: “Good morning, parents, I’m gay. I’ve wanted to tell you for a long time. I thought doing it this way would be a piece of cake. I hope you still love me. I mean, it’s hard not to love someone who baked you a cake. All my friends know and still love me. Your acceptance would be the icing on the cake. I hope you, much like this cake, are not in tiers. I hope we can look back on this and say ‘Boy, this one really takes the cake.’ It gets batter. Love, Laurel (Sorry for so many puns).” Laurel wrote later on Tumblr that her family completely accepted her: “My mom saw it and cried [tears] of happiness. We hugged and cried together. Then, we all ate the cake and talked. I am very lucky to have such supporting parents and to have so much support from you guys. Thanks, everyone!” In an email to the Huffington Post, Laurel wrote, “Everyone has been overwhelmingly kind. Straight, gay, and transgender people have been contacting me for advice or simply just to say congrats … I guess things travel quickly on the internet!”

For Further Information: Cavan Sieczkowski, “Dad’s Note To Gay Son About Coming Out Might Make You Cry (PHOTO).” The Huffington Post. 15 March 2013; updated 16 March 2013

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/15/dads-note-to-son-coming-out_n_2883194.html

 Also: “Coming Out By Cake: Girl Leaves Tasty Treat And Heartfelt Letter Telling Parents She’s Gay.” Huffington Post. 29 January 2013

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/29/coming-out-cake-letter-gay_n_2574023.html

Also: Billy Hallowell, “‘I’M GAY’: ALLEGED TEEN GIRL’S INTERESTING WAY OF ‘COMING OUT’ TO HER PARENTS GOES VIRAL.” The Blaze. 30 January 2013

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/30/im-gay-alleged-teen-girls-interesting-way-of-coming-out-to-her-parents-goes-viral/

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