It’s the moment that many a gay teen dreads: Coming out to mom and dad.
They should all be so lucky to get the loving show of support Kinsey Ratzman of Mercer County, New Jersey, received over the holiday weekend.
Her parents actually broached the subject a few weeks ago, directly asking her if she was gay because “they kind of suspected something was up,” 17-year-old Ratzman told NBC New York.
On Saturday her parents told her the family was having an early Fourth of July party. They sent Ratzman to the mall with her cousin and when she got back to the house ... surprise!
Everything had come up rainbows.
Rainbow cups and plates, and napkins emblazoned with the word “Pride.”
The food was rainbow-colored — the pasta, the fruit salad, the grilled veggies, everything vegan because Ratzman has a medical condition that affects her digestion.
A beautiful cake had rainbow-colored layers inside.
Ratzman smiled when she realized what her family had done. This was an Independence Day party of a different kind.
Her parents had thrown her a coming out party.
Or, as her cousin nicknamed it, a “surPRIDE” party.
“I decided to throw the party for Kinsey because I wanted her to know that her family loves her and we are 100 percent behind her,” Allison, Ratzman’s mom, told Upworthy.
“My extended family wasn't sure if Kinsey would appreciate the party or be embarrassed, but her father and I were pretty confident that she would appreciate the thought.”
Oh she did, and so did hundreds of others who learned about it through Ratzman’s Tweets and Instagram posts.
She’s received comments from around the globe. Ratzman joked that entire nations have embraced her.
Several websites nominated her mom and dad for “best parents ever” honors.
Ratzman knows that not everyone receives such a warm reaction from their family.
But, she told Upworthy, she hopes her story will help make the going lighter for others.