We see a lot of stories of parents that don’t know how to be compassionate. Kicking out and belittling their LBGT kids is sadly one of the more common things we see.
One of my cousins is transgender. When she made a post about how happy she was to be able to jettison the male name she grew up with, this was her father’s reaction and her reply.
“It will be very hard for me. However, nothing compared to what you have and are going through. I love you no matter what and will do my best. It is difficult to lose my son but a content and happy daughter will help.”
“I love you more than words could ever possibly convey. I feel so fortunate to have you in my life and you as a father. I wish everyone going through something like this could be so lucky.”
I got teary-eyed when I saw that. Here’s the deal though, that should be the rule, not the exception. If you think that disowning someone is good parenting, you’re doing it wrong. I am very proud of my uncle and inspired by my cousin.