Family holds gayceañera for teen who just came out

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When Aiden came out as gay his parents wanted to do something to help him feel welcomed and loved. So, the family decided to throw a ‘gayceanera’ on his 15th birthday.

“When Aiden officially came out to me, I started looking up ideas on how to be a parent-support ally,” his mom said. “Needless to say, I didn’t find a lot of information or ideas. Some articles and blogs that I did read, however, talked about the theme of gay people having to come out over and over again, and that straight people never have to come out. I thought to myself, I suppose that’s why people have coming out parties, so they can do it all at once and not have to come out as often.”

She realised that her son’s two milestones could be jointly embraced. Widely celebrated among the Latinx communities, the quinceañera marks an important milestone in a girl’s life. Part birthday party, part rite of passage, the celebration typically marks a girl’s entrance into womanhood. But for Aiden, the rainbow remix of the tradition marked his entrance into being his authentic self, a gay man.

Aiden’s family and friends packed a restaurant in their neighbourhood. As gymnasts danced around the carpeted floors, twirling rainbow ribbons, chefs in the back kitchen cracked more than 50 eggs and countless food-dye bottles to bake Pride flag-themed cakes. Rainbow tablecloths and Pride-printed cocktail napkins adorned the rooms with multi-coloured cocktails and paper straws dotting the tables. Aiden’s teacher was the disc jokey while a family friend ran a photo-booth and an “Aiden trivia quiz” was held.

On the night, Aiden’s mom thanked family and friends for showing face to not only support Aiden, “but for the LGBT+ community that he is now a part.”

“It was supportive for all the young people who attended to know that there are safe places and spaces where they may least expect it where they can be themselves,” she explained.

“The amazing thing was the servers and patrons who came up to me and would tell me their stories of maybe how they had not been accepted at one point, or their brother suffered from less than supportive parents. When we support and we are supported, we can become allies for the younger generations, regardless of the past.”

A friend of the family described the evening on Facebook: “To see so many people fill a room with unconditional love and support gives me such hope for the future!”

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts treats coming out like just another part of life

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Netflix’s Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is a post-apocalyptic world in which humans live underground and nature has reclaimed everything above. Kipo and her three pals trek across the dangerous surface to reunite with Kipo’s underground community.

While each episode focuses on an encounter with a strange, new creature, the show’s foundation is the four characters’ relationships, which provides a source of tension and joy. Even in a wacky world full of guitar-playing snakes and giant multi-eared bunnies, the moments between characters feel real and grounded. Case in point: Kipo has one of the most chill coming out scenes in all-ages programming, one that’s notable for just how understated it is. Read on…

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