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Family Throws 'Gayceañera' To Help Son Feel Loved And Accepted After Coming Out

One Maryland family wanted to show their teenage son just how much they love and accept him after he came out to them as gay. So, they threw him an elaborate party, one which they lovingly (and quite appropriately) dubbed a 'gayceañera'.

As Pink News reported, parents Heidi Irene and Terry Trammell put together the festive and colorful celebration for their son, Aiden's, 15th birthday on January 5.

Irene explained that they wanted to do something special so that Aiden knew he was still very much loved and welcomed in their family.

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"I started looking up ideas on how to be a parent-support ally," she told Pink News. "Needless to say, I didn't find a lot of information or ideas."

What she did find, however, were plenty of articles discussing the fact that gay people have to repeatedly come out over and over again, while straight people never have to come out at all.

This is what gave Irene the idea to throw a party, allowing Aiden to come out to *everyone* all at once.

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The teen's upcoming 15th birthday posed the perfect opportunity to combine two pretty big milestones in the style of a quinceañera.

In Latin culture, this celebration is meant to mark a 15-year-old girl's entry into womanhood. But for Aiden, it would celebrate him officially stepping into his new life as a proud, gay man.

The celebration was given a festive rainbow theme, and suffice it to say Aiden's parents definitely delivered.

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Gymnasts danced around the venue with rainbow ribbons while chefs expertly prepared Pride flag-themed cakes. Guests sat at tables decorated with rainbow cloths, Pride-printed cocktail napkins, and plenty of multi-colored paper straws.

As for Aiden? He dressed for the occasion in his finest rainbow suit, certainly separating himself from the crowd and establishing him as the man of the hour.

A friend of the family's shared some snaps of the party on Facebook where it quickly caught people's attention.

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"In a world where hate finds lots of places to grow, where many don't feel safe, supported, or even just simply seen, there are still places that love thrives," Lara DiPaola wrote in her Facebook post, which is quickly gaining more and more positive reactions from users. "Tonight I was reminded of that."

"One of the first things I would hope everyone could take away, in the simplest form, was joy," Irene said of the bash.

Heidi Irene via Pink News

"To see so many people fill a room with love gives me such hope for the future," she continued. "It was supportive for all the young people who attended to know that there are safe places and spaces where they may least expect it where they can be themselves."

"When we support and we are supported, we can become allies for the younger generations, regardless of the past."

h/t: Pink News, Facebook | Lara DiPaola