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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was repealed in Texas,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."
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."