She took out an advert and had a pop at homophobes living thousand miles away
In 2016, Joan Wilson placed an ad in the Sunday edition of the Houston Chronicle (see main picture) announcing that her teenage son, Drake, had come out as gay on YouTube and she couldn’t be prouder of him.
“The parents of Drake are pleased to announce that their son has come out,” the ad read. It then listed several of the high school senior’s achievements, including that he was a church deacon, served as student body vice president at his school, enjoyed filmmaking, baking, “and yes, he adores Barbra Streisand.”
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Drake and his family actually lived in Washington state. They chose to place the ad in Houston’s largest daily newspaper in response to the repeal of the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance, which prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and 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,” Joan said. “My announcement was my way of humanising the issue.”
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