Darryl Morrison

Mom Takes Out Newspaper Ad Announcing Her Son Is Gay

"He has a strong, confident personality because he is fearfully and wonderfully made," Joan Wilson said of her son Drake.

Thankfully, many parents take their kids coming out in stride. But when a teen in Washington State told his mom he was gay, she actually took out at ad in the newspaper.

Snohomish High School senior Drake Wilson came out to his mom, Joan, in February 2014. But she took out an advertisement last weekend in the “Celebrations” section of the Houston Chronicle, because the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was recently repealed at the ballot box.

“The parents of Drake are pleased to announce that their son has come out,” read the text next to a photo of the teen.

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“Drake is currently a senior in high school, where he is captain of the tennis team, ASB vice president, and an NHS member. He is also a church deacon and enjoys film-making and baking.”

“And, yes,” it finishes, “he adores Barbra Streisand.”

Joan told the Texas Observer that, “as a mother, I have much trepidation in thinking my son might one day live in a state such as Texas.”

“I couldn’t think of a better place than Houston, out of the entire country, where they needed to hear my message of pride,” she added.

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Joan Wilson

Joan, who founded The Society of Lucky Mothers—a group celebrating LGBT children—says she believes her son was born gay.

He’d known he was gay in fifth grade, and Joan and her husband suspected, but Drake didn’t think he’d be ready to come out until college.

Drake Wilson

But after watching the AIDS drama The Normal Heart, and realizing what the LGBT community had gone through, he decided it couldn’t wait.

“I would just like to say a big thank you to my whole family for being an example of how all families should be,” Drake, who hopes to go to Columbia, said in a coming-out video.

“Drake is a very lucky boy,” Joan writes.

“He was born at the right time, with many changes afoot in society. He has a family, friends and church that love him. He knows God loves him. And, he has a strong, confident personality because he is fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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