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Mom Celebrates Gay Son in Newspaper Ad

After the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, a law that offered broad non-discrimination protections was repealed in Texas, a Washington state mom decided to offer a special type of protest by taking out an ad in the Houston Chronicle celebrating her son for coming out as gay.

"The parents of Drake are pleased to announce that their son has come out," read the text next to a photo of the teen.

Joan Wilson gushed about her son's achievement in the ad placed in the "Celebrations" section of the paper.

"Drake is currently a senior in high school, where he is captain of the tennis team, ASB vice president and an NHS member. He is also a church deacon and enjoys film-making and baking."

"And, yes," it finishes, "he adores Barbra Streisand."

"I couldn't think of a better place than Houston, out of the entire country, where they needed to hear my message of pride," she told the Texas Observer.

Joan, who founded The Society of Lucky Mothers—a group celebrating LGBT children—says she believes her son was born gay and has known her son was gay since he was in the 5th grade.

"Drake is a very lucky boy," Joan writes on her organization's website. "He was born at the right time, with many changes afoot in society. He has a family, friends and church that love him. He knows God loves him. And, he has a strong, confident personality because he is fearfully and wonderfully made."

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