Very Cool Missouri Mom Responds to Son’s Coming Out as Bisexual on Facebook


There are no secrets on Facebook and people should be more and more aware of that.  But, especially when you’re coming out. Talking about your sexuality on Facebook is open to the world, including your parents.

A Union, Missouri youth, Zach Gibson, talked about his bisexuality on Facebook and then his mother responded.  Michelle Conway McClain, his mother, wrote a handwritten note that was rather touching:

“Zach, I was surprised by your Facebook post where you came out. I want you to know that I love you unconditionally.

I love you with my actions, not just my words. I’m so proud of you. You are the bravest person I know. I’ll fight for you always. Your sexual orientation does not define you. You are still the boy who forever won my heart.
The only thing that concerns me is the number of empty soda cups and tea bottles in your room. Throw them away before ants come inside.
I love you always, Mom.”

The congratulations, for both, have been coming and still coming!

On a personal note, when I came out as bisexual on national television, my mom decided to come to the March on Washington with me in 1992. She wore a shirt reading: “My son is Bi I don’t ask why” and I wore one reading “My mom is Straight but she don’t hate.” It was great!

A version of this blog post originally appeared in Bisexuality Examiner.


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Mike Szymanski

Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.”

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