Moms Know How to Support Their Sons


Zach's Mom

When Zach came out as gay on a Facebook post, his mother read the post and gave him this letter:


“I was surprised by your facebook post where you came out. I want you to know that I love you unconditionally. I love you with my actions, not just my words. I’m so proud of you. You are the bravest person I know. I’ll fight for you always. Your sexual orientation does not define you. You are still the boy who forever won my heart. The only thing that concerns me is the number of empty soda cups and tea bottles in your room. Throw them away before ants come inside.

“I love you always –


By the way, Zach is Zach Gibson, and his mother is Michelle Conway McClain, who emailed Rossalyn Warren of Upworthy about why she wrote the letter:

“I’m the mother who wrote the note to my son when he came out as bisexual that was shared by No H8 Campaign. I knew I wouldn’t see Zach before I left work that morning, so I didn’t want him to start his day without knowing I support him 100%, even though I was sure he already knew. I posted the note on my Facebook page knowing my friends and family would think it was typical of me to end with a joke since Zach and I share the same sarcastic wit. I had no idea it would become such a huge sensation on the internet. Zach has been absolutely overwhelmed with all of the support he has received. People keep telling me that I’m an amazing mother, but it’s easy to be when I have such an amazing son.

“Thank you!


Zack commented on the Facebook page of the No H8 Campaign (which posted a photo of his mother’s letter), “When I came out last week, I never expected this much support. I knew my mom would be fine with it, but I never expected this letter and I never expected this many people to spread it around. This means so much.”

On the same Facebook page, Rossalyn Warren commented, “I’m Zach’s mother, and it was brave for him to come out on his terms the way HE wanted. And he put it right out there for everyone to see at once. That seems pretty brave to me.”

Zach also wrote on the Facebook page, “To be clear with all of my amazing supporters! (I’m still in shock by all of this), I did indeed clean my room. There are no ants.”

For Further Information: Adrian Garcia, “A MOM’S BEAUTIFUL LETTER TO HER SON AFTER DISCOVERING HE WAS GAY.” The Gaily Grind. 31 August 2013

For Further Information: Rossalyn Warren, “A Boy Came Out On Facebook. His Mother Found Out And Decided To Write Him This Letter.” Upworthy. Accessed 8 September 2013

For Further Information: Zach Gibson, Comment. No H8 Campaign. Facebook. Accessed 8 September 2013

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