Mom Posts A Heartwarming Newspaper Ad To Celebrate Her Son Coming Out

"And yes, he adores Barbra Streisand."

Meet Drake Wilson, a 17-year-old guy from Snohomish, Wash., whose coming out story literally made it to newspapers ...


Well, one newspaper and lots of online media outlets, to be more precise.

So here's the story. Drake had actually come out to his family a few years ago and has been advocating for LGBTQ rights ever since. He participates in gay pride parades, sharing inspiring YouTube videos of his journey. 

Drake's mother, Joan Wilson, even launched the Society of Lucky Mothers — an organization that celebrates and unites LGBTQ children and their parents.

Drake has even shared a coming out video, where he openly talked about his experience:

However, living in such an accepting environment caused Drake and his family to wonder — why is there still so much hate towards gay people in the world? And what can we do to change that, even if just a tiny bit?

Then one day, the answer became clear.

After hearing about the defeat of Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) that was supposed to protect Houston residents and visitors from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and other characteristics, Joan Wilson decided the city had to hear her "message of pride."

Joan Wilson bought a $200 newspaper ad in the "Houston Chronicle," where she proudly stated how awesome her gay son really is:

The ad reads:

"The parents of Drake are pleased to announce that their son has come out. Drake is currently a senior in High School where he is a captain of the tennis team, ASB Vice President, and NHS member. He is a church deacon and enjoys film making [sic] and baking. And yes, he adores Barbra Streisand."

Wilson told the Texas Observer she feels "blessed to live in a state which has passed anti-discrimination laws," but it makes her wish all people had the same freedom and protection all the more.

As for Drake, we wish for him to never lose his confidence and ability to inspire others.


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