These are all beautiful acts of love. Would that it were always so easy for parents to accept, or their children to reveal.
The past few years have seen many political breakthroughs for LGBT people: Gay marriage is legal in more than 30 states, gay men and lesbians can serve openly in the military, and a growing number of cities have passed nondiscrimination ordinances. High-profile TV shows and movies have told honest, inspiring LGBT stories to mainstream audiences.
And in homes across the United States, more subtle but equally important changes are taking place.
Social acceptance for LGBT people is on the rise big-time. According to a 2013 Pew Research Center poll, a slight majority of Americans favor same-sex marriage. More people also say they know someone who identifies as LGBT—87 percent in 2013, compared with 61 percent a decade earlier. Of the 14 percent of Americans who say they’ve changed their minds and now approve of same-sex marriage, one-third report it’s because they know someone who identifies as gay or lesbian.