Watch This Teen Come Out to His Mother With Shocking Results

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.

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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.

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.)

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When I came out, my mom told me:

"First, and foremost, you are my son. You are my child, I love you unconditionally, I only care about your happiness, because that brings me the most joy. Me, your dad, and many of our friends lost people they knew during the AIDS epidemic, and many of them died without coming out, which broke my heart. You remind me so much of them. And now, you get to live their lives, through you. I would rather you live your life freely and honestly, than live a life ashamed and hiding. You'll always have a place to run to in me, your dad, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. I don't say this enough, but I love you."

Something that will always stay with me.