The Gay Men Channel is hosted by Justin and this week he decided to bring his entire family on the YouTube channel to create an “It Gets Better” video. However, the cool thing about Justin’s family, is that both his siblings are gay.
Don and Luella are the parents of Justin, the oldest and a gay man, Rochelle, their lesbian daughter, and Coby, the youngest child who is bisexual. It can be quite rare for parents to have more than one child that identifies as gay, however, to have all your children be from the LGBT community is almost unheard of, which makes this family very special and interesting.
In the video this week, the children share their coming out stories with viewers and explain how figuring out their sexual orientation and then coming out to their parents was the best thing they could do.
Yet, probably the most interesting parts of the video is when the parents discuss their reactions and feelings about their children coming out. Don openly shared that it was very surprising when his oldest son, Justin, came out.
“We told him this changes nothing, but it also changes everything,” Don said.
Luella also shares that it took awhile for her to process the challenges that her son might have in life when he came out such as having kids or getting married.
However, the parents both claim that they were very surprised when each of their children came out and never suspected beforehand. Luella says, “I don’t know how it could be any different now.”
The parents found a support group, but encouraged other parents with gay children to speak to their children about their lives, even if it’s difficult. They also encourage parents to keep listening to their children.
“For me, I felt so much better know that my kids were honest with themselves and honest with those around them,” Don, the father, adds.
Check out the video below to meet this wonderful family and hear their special story and message — it does get better.