A video showed up in my news feed on Facebook recently about a young teenage boy coming out to his mom as gay. The mother was accepting and understanding, and the whole thing made me cry, but not for the reason you would think. I cried because I could see how shaken and scared he was. I could see him tremble with relief after he finally opened up, but I could also see how scared he was to move forward from here in a world that has not yet fully accepted the differences among us.
This is the reason why my children are growing up knowing that love is different for each person, just as gender identity and sexual identity can vary from person to person. They are growing up with a firm understanding that love is love, and there is no right or wrong way to be, so long as you live your life in a way that makes you happy. They will have the foundation to grow up secure in who they are, but also to be the change that the world needs in order to allow others to feel accepted too. They are the future, and the future starts now.