This Teen Got An Amazing Rainbow Surprise Party When She Came Out As Gay
Sometimes parents just don’t understand. However, sometimes they really do, as was demonstrated in the adorable case of high school senior Kinsey Ratzman, whose parents threw her a surprise party when she came out as gay. After the 17-year-old came out to her parents last week, she received so much support she felt encouraged to publicly come out on Instagram where she wrote: “A year ago today I found out that I’d be able to marry the love of my life in my own country… I was a very happy pup. #lovewins (& oh yeah btw I’m gay and this is me coming out yikes).”
While the post itself was met with acceptance and solidarity, Ratzman was overwhelmed with support when her parents sent her to the mall with her cousin, only for her to return to a full-blown coming out party. The house was filled to the brim with party guests and was decked out in rainbow gear, including rainbow plates, rainbow pasta, and even a homemade rainbow cake.
Expressing gratitude for the widespread support, which included the attendance of her grandfather, Ratzman hopes the trending of her story will bring encouragement and light to other LGBTQ teens still in the closet.
When speaking to NBC News, she expressed her gratitude, saying:
“It was so heartwarming and so sweet. Your family is your rock. If they’re not there supporting you, it’s a really upsetting feeling. I have many friends in the LGBTQ community whose family members don’t accept them, and it really is a huge burden on their life and something they carry around every day.”
Her story quickly reached viral status, which rapidly filled her inbox with messages of gratitude from people who felt inspired by her story to come out themselves.
“The best part is seeing how happy the party has made everyone,” she told NBC. “Especially in light of the Pulse shootings this past pride month, our community needs a little joy and hope, and I’m glad to say my family has helped contribute to that.”
It’s encouraging and crucial to be reminded of the good people in the world and the ways in which seemingly small acts of support or kindness can spread as quickly as the limitless influx of despairing or negative images. Hopefully this will not only give a boost to LGBTQ youth (of all ages really) still unable to be themselves, but can also encourage the families of LGBTQ people to throw more killer parties.