After Drake Wilson came out, his parents had a very unexpected reaction. They took out an ad in their local newspaper, the Houston Chronicle.
The ad appeared in the paper’s Celebrations section, and said: “The parents of Drake are pleased to announce that their son has come out. Drake is currently a senior in High School where he is captain of the tennis team, ASB Vice President and NHS member… And yes, he adores Barbra Streisand.”
Drake’s mom, Joan, said that she posted the ad after the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was rejected by voters. Had the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance been enacted, the law would have prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
“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 said. “We are blessed to live in a state which has passed anti-discrimination laws. As a mother, I have much trepidation in thinking my son might one day live in a state such as Texas.”
Drake’s parents, always made it clear in their home that gay rights were supported and that their love for their child was unconditional. They suspected their son may have been gay and hoped he felt secure enough that if he was indeed gay, he would let them know when he was ready. And he did let them know at the age of 16, when we created this awesome YouTube video where he thanks his parents: “I would just like to say a big thank you to my whole family for being an example of how all families should be,” he said.
Drake’s mother also founded the Society of Lucky Mothers, a group that celebrates LGBT children.