There's a reason why Disney princesses appeal to us. Deep down we're all looking for that fairy-tale ending. But life isn't exactly a Disney movie, and sometimes things don't turn out the way we expect them to.
You would think that being courageous enough to truly be yourself by coming out would result in immediate acceptance from society and the people in your life. But, sadly, that's not always the case. This National Coming Out Day, take cheer in the fact that for every disappointing story out there, there are countless other examples in which faith and love triumph. We've rounded up some of the best below, but just a warning . . . you may need to grab a box of tissues.
The dad who overheard his son talking about his plan to come out.
Nate, a Michigan high school student, was nervous about coming out to his dad. He was trying to plan it over the phone with his boyfriend, Mike, but his dad happened to overhear the conversation. Nate's dad then wrote this heart-melting letter to reassure his son and show his love. The letter went viral when it was posted by the Facebook page of FCKH8, a gay activist organization. The page's founder, Luke Montgomery, says he was so touched by the letter that he cried. "It's what I want," he said to Yahoo. "It's what everyone wants."
The text in its entirety:
I overheard your phone conversation with Mike last night about your plans to come out to me. The only thing I need you to plan is to bring home OJ and bread after class. We are out, like you now. I've known you were gay since you were six, I've loved you since you were born.
P.S. Your mom and I think you and Mike make a cute couple.