Personally, I grew up in a very conservative household.
Thankfully I had movies and TV shows to guide me, so most of the characters I admired were also really accepting and cool towards others. Plus, growing up Muslim really helped me identify with others who were oppressed and treated poorly regardless of race and ethnicity.
One of the biggest hurdles for me to overcome personally, however, was to become an advocate for the LGBTQ community. My religious upbringing told me same-sex relationships were wrong, which always bugged me, but Allah couldn't be wrong, right? Thankfully, I learned to put that thinking aside. Honestly, I could only imagine how tough it is for someone who identifies as LGBTQ to come out to their conservative parents.
Which is why this video of a 65-year-old father accepting the fact that his oldest daughter is gay is so heartwarming to me.
The video was put together by Home Is Love, a Taiwanese group that promotes same-sex marriage equality.
The dad admits how he was initially shocked and confused when his daughter came out to him.
But for him, the solution to accept his daughter boiled down to one thing: her happiness.
For him, it was imperative he understood as much as possible about queer relationships.
And the struggles those have after coming out.
After seeing his daughter happy with her partner and their own child, it all became clear to him.
Seeing his daughter happy makes him happy, too, and that's all that matters.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, a spokesperson for Home is Love spoke about the video.
"Parents always want their children to be happy, healthy and cared for, and it’s only when he understands his daughter is happy that he discovers that love is simple [and they want parents] to accept their children’s decisions, understand their needs and to love their loves."
Commenters are praising the videos touching message and are sharing their own stories, as well.
"I am so very touched. Love and acceptance – this is what the world needs. I hope that everyone can have a family built on love."
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