Kids with LGBT parents tend to be pretty cool. Very often they’re raised with an open mind, an awareness of difference and a healthy respect for others. Sometimes, they also acquire a keen sense of social justice.
Take these seven kids, for example. Each one of them is being raised by two dads or two moms (or both), and each one of them has chosen to stand up and speak out on behalf of their parents.
I know being the kid of queer parents isn’t always the easiest thing, so I tip my hat to them. I can only hope my daughter will be as brave, articulate and caring as these young people.
Evann Orleck-Jetter, 12 years old
Carter Gustafson, 8 years old
Matthew Lannon, 12 years old
Daniel Martinez-Leffew, 12 years old
Braiden Neubecker, 10 years old
Braiden wrote this essay for school:
Love is important! It doesn’t matter who people love, as long as they are happy. Everyone should have the right to marry who he or she wants. You may not like two men being married, but for them, it’s normal.
My two dads should be able to be married and have the same rights as any married couple. How would you feel if you couldn’t marry someone just because the government said you weren’t allowed to. If I loved someone and wasn’t allowed to marry them, I would be really sad. My family has taught me that even if you don’t agree with someone, you should still be kind and respectful. The government should too. Also, my church tells me that you should treat other people the way you want to be treated.
My dads are very unique. We do lots of silly things like having hot cocoa every single time it snows. Every summer we go to the same place in Florida with one dad’s whole family. Our family knows how to have fun. We do lots of road trips. Also, we have gone on cruises. I really enjoy traveling with my dads. It is very fun. One of my favorite things to do as a family is family game night. I LOVE this family and I love every single thing we do as a family.
Before I lived with my two dads, my life was horrible. My old family never treated me well. They wouldn’t stand up for me. If my foster sister fought with me, my old mom would just sit there and watch me get hurt, so I would have to fight back. Each time I was at foster home, the foster parents promised me they would keep me safe and treat my brother and I equally.
But they always broke their promise. I moved five times until my dad and daddy found me. They also promised that they would always love me and keep me safe and they would treat me equal to my brother. I was 4 when I met them. Now I am 10 and they have kept their promises. They do so much for me. They never hurt me or my brother. I feel so safe. I believe I can do anything with my two dads. Would there be any purpose to ban the marriage of two men or two women when they can treat children the same or even better than other couples. I hope that you will do the right thing and let anyone marry who they want to.
Gerry Orz, 10 years old
Zach Wahls, 19 years old
Zach Wahls made headlines in 2011 when he stood up in the Iowa House Chamber and delivered an impassioned three-minute speech against a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage. Zach is in his early 20s now and continues his work as an advocate for LGBT rights. He’s done a lot of speaking out since this first video was shot, but it still gets me in the feels.