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We’re tipping our hat this week to an amazingly supportive parent, whose heartfelt letter in support of her son’s coming out has gone viral.

Michelle Conway McClain of Missouri wrote the following letter to her son, Zach Gibson, after he came out as bisexual in a Facebook post.

McClain wrote,


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-


Allies can help make the world more understanding and supportive for the LGBT community. Today we’re celebrating McClain and all parents who, in ways both big and small, help build momentum in the fight for full equality for LGBT Americans.

H/T Have A Gay Day

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