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A 13-Year-Old Came Out To His Best Bro, And The Response Gave Me All The Feels

Sometimes, as we push for equality, the world can seem very slow-moving to respond. When I see things like this I'm reminded why we are working to conquer injustice and opening the door for younger generations to feel safe with who they are.

A 13-Year-Old Came Out To His Best Bro, And The Response Gave Me All The Feels
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Below are screenshots of a conversation between a Twitter user's 13-year-old brother and his best friend.

Coming out is really hard and can be really scary.

He wanted to come out but was worried he'd lose his best friend.


Figuring this stuff out can be hard! And you never know how people will react.

But his friend had the perfect response.

Of course sexual orientation wouldn't get in the way of their friendship.

Right now I have all the feels in the world.

And my heart looks a little something like this:

No one hands us an owner's manual to life when we're born. We all do things at our own pace and comfort level. Coming out is a confusing process, and if someone feels like you are safe enough to talk to, there are some things you can do to make the coming out process easier for them. If someone comes out to you, just be cool, like this guy's best friend. In fact, just be cool when someone trusts you with any personal information about themselves. Let's keep making the world better, OK? :)

Sharing small victories like this one keeps moving us forward.

#LoveIsLouder

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.