Kinsey Ratzman said her family's support "means everything" to her
Coming out to your family is not easy. It is a nerve-wracking experience because you don't know how it will unfold. While these days, people have become open and accepting of the LGBTQ+ community, it still can be a daunting task to come out to your family in a truthful manner. 17-year-old New Jersey resident Kinsey Ratzman decided to break the news to her parents, and much to her surprise, they were not only supportive of her choice, but they also went the extra mile and decided to throw her a surprise "pride party." She told the Huffington Post, "Not every child is as lucky as I am in terms of family [acceptance]. I hope there is a day where this is not even a worry for LGBT kids."
She was at the mall with her cousin when her family decided to organize a party for her. Ratzman was under the impression that her family was having an early 4th of July party. So when she returned home, she was stunned to discover that her home was decorated with pride colors. Keeping in theme was the menu that included items like rainbow pasta, a rainbow fruit salad, rainbow kebabs, and even a rainbow cake. In addition, her parents invited guests over to celebrate this momentous occasion with them. The heartwarming gesture touched Ratzman. She said, "I was very surprised, but very happy, when I first realized they had thrown me this party.". NBC reports that Ratzman's parents told her they "kind of suspected something was up."
My family threw me a surprise pride party bc I came out to all of them lmaoooo 😂🌈 pic.twitter.com/tWBooVKF4S— ♊︎ kinsey (@notkinz) July 2, 2016
Mum Allison said, "Lots of people were like, 'Are you sure you want to do that, you sure she's gonna enjoy that? You sure she's not gonna be embarrassed, this is kind of a whole new thing for her. But I said, 'No, I think she'll really appreciate it. It'll show how much we really support her and how much we're behind her. She's my daughter and I want her to be happy." Allison added she had "a lot of fun" while planning the surprise party. As for Ratzman, she is relieved that her family has her back because it "means everything" to her. She said, "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."
Ratzman shared her coming out story and the subsequent party on social media. The response of which has nothing but positive with many praising the family for the way they handled the situation. "It has been amazing. The best part is seeing how happy the party has made everyone...our community needs a little joy and hope and I'm glad to say my family has helped contribute to that," she said. Ratzman has also gotten a lot of direct messages in her inbox with appreciation messages and others who also shared their own coming out stories. According to NJ.com, Ratzman's followers jumped from 3,500 to almost 5,000 on Twitter. "I've had tweets blow up before, but this is the most personal one to have ever gotten so large," she said.