We've had a bad run of coming out stories lately. It was heartbreaking to see Daniel Pierce come out to his parents and it was even more awful to learn that LGBT youth homelesness was on the rise. That's why it's so awesome to see this video of a teen come out to his mom and hear her shocking confession.

Hayden Smith was anxious to come out to his mom, but his anxiety soon turned to happiness (do we call that happiness? I don't know if it's exactly that, but it's close) when she told him that she accepted him, respected his bravery and said she'd always be there for him. And then she revealed that she'd been in a relationship with a woman in the past. Man, that was pretty brave of mom, too. Talk about serious empathy.

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I wish all coming out videos were like this, because they give the viewer so much hope. And maybe this should required viewing for parents as well. Not that parents have to get into gay relationships of their own to understand their kids. (But they're kind of fun!) (I am biased.)