A mother’s encouraging letter to her 13-year-old gay son has gone viral. The note was published on PFLAG’s A Note To My Kid message board earlier this week. In it, the mother writes that she is proud of her son for coming out, and that he will always be loved and supported by both of his parents.
“Dear Connor,” the missive begins. “I am writing you this letter so you have something tangible, something to hold onto, if you should ever need it, to always remind you that we love you.”
It continues: “I am pretty proud that we have the kind of relationship in which you felt comfortable coming out to met at 13 years old. I am hoping that we have created an environment in our house in which you know you are loved, you are safe, and that we will support you and fight for you.”
“Dad and I love you very much,” the letter concludes. “You are growing into such an amazing young man. You are pure potential. We can’t wait to see where it takes you!”
Seriously, if that doesn’t make you just a little bit misty-eyed, you might not be human.
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