Meet some real-life dads who responded to their kids coming out in the best way possible.

Listening to these dads and their (adult) kids is a nice feel-good experience.

If you have time for a video, give it a watch. If not, scroll down for the recap!

While coming out to a parent can, unfortunately, go badly, it can also go very well.

Like with these dad-kid duos.


First, the dads answered the question: "What did you think when I told you I was gay?"

Some parents know — they just want to hear it from their kids.

Some parents are relieved to hear it.

And it can involve a lot of honesty.

Honesty about fears that parents have, for example.

And fears kids have of not being accepted.

Sometimes it involves humor.

Like when this guy asked his dad when he first knew he was gay — if ever — and added:

Or when this dad responded to the same question:

If you're a parent who thinks your child might be gay, here's some advice from these been-there, done-that dads.

"Open up, ask them, talk to them, be honest. Let them know that you support them and love them no matter who they are."

"It has nothing to do with them being gay. Pay attention to your kids."

"You want the best for your child. You want to encourage them to be who they are, so if that's who they are, that's who they are. It's kind of simple."

Bottom line: Loving our kids means loving them, period.

More parents who understand that loving their children unconditionally means accepting them for who they are unconditionally, please!

Happy Father's Day!

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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.