In spite of all the strides we've made as a society when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights, we still have a long way to go.
With that said, it takes a very brave person to be truly candid about their sexuality in today's world.
It's said that this is still the case, but it's hard not to admire those who come forward and say, "This is me, and I'm proud to be who I am."
This is precisely why the story of Juliana Gant with her 12-year-old brother, Evan, is so touching.
Juliana recently came out, and Evan wrote an inspiring essay in response. This kid is definitely very woke.
Have you ever thought about gay rights? Gay rights are important, because they are like every other person in the world. It doesn't matter if you like the same gender, as long as you are still you. It doesn't matter about what people say, it's about what you think and say. I know someone that I care for so much and they are gay. I still think of her as a friend, someone that cares for me. My sister is still a normal person, not some alien creature. She is a human being just like all of us. I still get mad at her sometimes, but that doesn't change the way I think of her. I love my sister how she is. I could care less if she is gay or straight. I only care that she is my sister and I love her for who she is. Just because they like the same gender doesn't all the sudden make them different. I love my sister for who she is.
Juliana shared the essay on Twitter.
People are loving this.
Speaking with BuzzFeed News, Juliana said,
Evan thought I was lying to him when I came out to him and he had a lot of questions to ask.
Subsequently, Evan was asked to write an essay in his English class on any debatable topic. So, he chose to write about his sister and gay rights.
Clearly, he succeeded on this assignment, and then some.
Thank you, Juliana and Evan, for reminding us that being who you are, without apology or regret, is an incredibly beautiful thing and that the love between siblings is unbreakable.