My Son: Coming Out Day

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Today is National Coming Out Day, a day to celebrate and promote a safe world for LGTB individuals to live truthfully and openly.

Coming Out Day

I have no idea if Levi is gay. He’s 2. He’s just started to figure out that he’s a separate person from his mom. I don’t think he really has a gender identity yet, and if he does, I doubt that includes a sexual orientation.

Right now, he’s just a boy that wanted to try on Mommy’s skirt. I think he looks fabulous.

Levi is my son. He is the center of my world and I will do everything I can to support and nurture him as he grows up. That includes having open and honest conversations about relationships and sex that are age-appropriate. That includes teaching him to respect himself and his partners. That includes loving him unconditionally.

None of those things are contingent on whether he’s straight, gay, or something else.

He’s my son and I’ll love him no matter what.

To all my friends that have suffered hardships and been denied rights due to your sexual orientation – I am sorry the world can be a cruel place. I am doing my part to pass on my values to Levi, including equality for all.

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  1. aw, I love this post! I also love the tag “tutus”. I need that tag. ;)

  2. He looks so adorable in mommy’s tutu! <3
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  3. My GOODness you’re a wonderful mom! This post made me so happy. :)
    I watched this last night & Sally Field’s speech just blew me away:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hdvyvLhw2s
    Love for DAYS!! It really begins around the 6:30 mark, though her son’s commentary is special too…

    Anyway, thanks for speaking up about such issues!
    I’m a hetero married woman, but with so many gay friends, it really is important to me.
    We’re reaching out as well; tryin’ to make a difference:
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    Cheers!

  4. Hunter’s lovey is a pink kitty. And if you ask him what his favorite colors are, pink is on that list. First is Green of course but it’s up there. :)

    Levi is adorable in your tutu! I think he may look better in it then you did. ;)
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  5. My son is 4 but has a pink Hannah Monttanna blanket that he took from my niece at age 2 and he will not get rid of it..lol.

  6. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!! I love that you are so open and accepting – we need all the help we can get!!!!
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  7. wow you put it very nicely and my 2 yr old son does the same thing!! i find it adorable!

  8. Giveaway Gal says:

    I love this post! you teaching your son a very valuable lesson.

  9. Nataly Carbonell says:

    Wow ! It’s just so beautiful, I really admire you. You are absolutely right, we mothers have to support our kids and love them no matter what :)

  10. Richard Hicks says:

    What a cutie! Glad to see you are teaching him love and acceptance!

  11. I only wish more parents were like you when talking about sexual identity. I truly believe that sexuality is nature not nurture. I have raised my children to be non-judgmental to all people, however my ex-husband was a very bias, prejudice person. It was a difficult line I tread in teaching them love for all people and not teaching them that their dad was wrong. It ended up that one of my children emulated their father, and one me.
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  12. Karen Hand says:

    Despite Levi’s sexual preference when he grows up, as you say, you will love him no matter what and that is the way it should be. This reminds me immediately of the Tom Hanks movie, Philadelphia, who had the love and support of his entire family. Levi is still young and still imitates what he sees. I think he looks terrific in the tutu and I am sure that he had fun playing with it.

  13. He looks so adorable and I love your words!
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  14. What an adorable photo!

  15. Ella Bryant says:

    awww, lol :) what a cute article. This made me feel a lot better about the world.

  16. Megan Blumenthal says:

    How great is that! Hopefully kids grow up in a world with equality :) Thanks for the post.

  17. Summer C. says:

    Awwww. My son is also 2, almost 3. He loves wearing his girl cousin’s costumes when they play, tinkerbell, bumble bee etc. Its so freakin cute. I think its way detrimental to tell our sons to ‘be a man’, or whatever, than to let them be happy doing something that makes them happy. He loves Hello Kitty AND The Avengers, and I love him no matter what.

  18. My daughter’s best friend from preschool is a crossdresser. He loves skirts and pink legwarmers and nail polish. Not sure that he has a gender identity yet, They love eachother and they totally balance eachother out. She loves boy stuff and super heroes and trucks ang getting dirty along with princesses and girly dress up. They had a pretend wedding at school and they both took turns wearing the wedding dress. She is perfectly fine with his decisions and I hope she stays that way when she grows up. More people should be like my 5 year old.

  19. You looked amazing in that skirt and so does he! :) I think he is adorable. Happy National Coming Out Day!
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