When Zach Gibson decided to come out on Facebook, he received an unexpected response from his mother saying “I’m so proud of you.” That is the summing up of a support letter she wrote, left on his bedroom door, and then later shared with the world on Facebook.
Here’s the full transcription of the letter:
Zach, I was surprised by your Facebook post where you came out. I want you to know that I love you unconditionally. I love you with my actions, not just my words. I’m so proud of you. You are the bravest person I know. I’ll fight for you always. Your sexual orientation does not define you. You are still the boy who forever won my heart. The only thing that concerns me is the number of empty soda cups and tea bottles in your room. Throw them away before ants come inside. I love you always, Mom.
This is an amazing example of parenting, and Zach was keen to publicly reply to his mom in the comments section of the NO H8 post by saying “When I came out last week, I never expected this much support. I knew my mom would be fine with it, but I never expected this letter and I never expected these many people to spread it around. This means so much.
Zach’s mom followed up soon with a status update soon after: McClain followed up her son’s gratitude with a status update of her own.
“This note is not fake,” she said, adding that she wrote it after reading her son’s Facebook post about coming out. “And I meant every word. I’m so proud of him!”