Watch the adorable moment this guy came out as gay to his 5-year-old brother.

His younger brother cozied up snugly at his side, Oliver Potter, a 20-year-old YouTuber based in the U.K., admits he was very nervous about what he was about to say.

Potter was about to tell his younger sibling, Alfie, that he's gay.

"I really didn't know how a 5-year-old would take it," he says of how he expected his brother to react.

"I really don’t know how to put this," Potter begins in the video above before settling on starting by asking Alfie how he thinks about love.


Then Potter asked the big question:

"So, how would it make you feel if I married a man?"

To Potter's great relief, Alfie wasn't just unfazed by the question's implications — he was excited.

GIF via Oliver Potter.

"I saw it in one movie," Alfie explained. "And in one movie, a man was in love with another man, and then everyone was saying, 'cool,' in that video — 'cool, cool, cool, cool.'"

GIF via Oliver Potter.

It just goes to show that homophobia isn't born, it's taught.

It's tough to dig up empirical data on the issue, but story after story after story from parents explaining same-sex relationships to their kids certainly seems to suggest children are less concerned with a person's sexual orientation than adults are.

Just like Alfie seems to be.

GIF via Oliver Potter.

Potter's video was edited for length and clarity in the distinctive jump-cut style preferred by many YouTube vloggers, although there were a few technical hiccups that came his way (the video had to be cut right after Potter's coming-out question because his camera's battery died, he says). But he assures that his brother's acceptance — including Alfie's proclamation that "love is love" — was genuine.

"Alfie has been around adults ... people much older than him since the day he was born, as he is my step-mum's and my dad's child," Potter says. "So for me it's no surprise that he would come out with something like this."

Since being published on July 25, Potter's video has amassed an impressive 400,000 views (and counting).

Alfie's kindness (and general adorable-ness) has tugged at the heartstrings of people from around the world.

Photo courtesy of Oliver Potter.

The comment section on the video is filled with praises and adoration from viewers near and far. "I am overwhelmed by all the positive feedback," Potter says. "I really wasn't expecting such a response like this, never experienced a feeling quite like it. All I can say [is] thank you, and of course, love really is love."

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A tweet thread by Travis Akers, a Navy Lieutenant with 17 years of service, is going viral because it shows just how sweet children can be and also points to an overlooked issue facing military families.

In the early morning of April 12, Akers tweeted a photo of himself and his seven-year-old son Tanner who he affectionately calls "Munchie." Akers was moved because his son set his alarm clock so he could get up early enough to hand him a pocket full of Legos before work.

Tanner wanted to be sure his father had something to play with at the Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida. "This was my daily morning trip to base, departing my house at six am for work," Akers told Upworthy.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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