The teenager was filming a make-up video for his YouTube channel when his Dad knocked to his door to check on him.
Acceptance can go a long way in helping LGBTQ people to embrace their identity. A wholesome video of a father embracing his son after finding him putting makeup is doing the rounds on the internet and it'll warm your heart. The teenager Daniel Diaz, came out to his Dad after the latter stumbled upon him doing his makeup. Diaz' father embraced him and told him he loved him no matter what. The video was posted on YouTube and TikTok where it went viral. The video was viewed more than 10.6 million times on TikTok and garnering 2.3 million likes. The video shows the teenage boy recording himself putting on make-up. More than 10 minutes into the make-up session, he hears a knock on the door. It's his Dad. Embarrassed for his Dad to see him wearing make-up, he turns down the lights so his father can't see his face, reported Pride.com.
The Dad enters the room and asks him in Spanish what he's doing. Diaz replies that he's making a video. His Dad then turns on the light and sees his son in make-up. “I was sooooo embarrassed,” reads the on-screen text. His father calmly walks up to him and asks, "Is this what you want to do, Papa?” He refers to his teenage son by his nickname —papa. The teenager is almost too embarrassed to reply and looks away. He tells his father to ignore it. The man doesn't and tells him that it's ok. “Because if this is what you want to do, you’ll be okay. I’ll be okay with you,” he tells him before hugging him.
“I love you, Papa,” the Dad tells his son. His Dad might have walked into the room to only check on him but he knew this was a moment to let him know that he had his Dad's support. The seemingly routine make-up video transforms into an incredibly emotional father-son moment. “I love you. If that makes you happy, do it. Do it, but do it good. OK, Papa. I’m always with you. I won’t let you down in anything. Be happy,” he said.
It just goes to show how much of an impact supportive parents can have on LGBTQ youth. For this kid, it means knowing that he never has to hide his make-up ever and expressing himself freely. The comments were overwhelmingly positive and everyone had nothing but kind words for the supportive Dad. "The way he says Papas, he already knew. Parents who actually love their kids unconditionally always know," they wrote. Some said it was rare to see such supportive Dads in the Hispanic community. "I'm so happy for him. This is so uncommon in Hispanic households." Another added, "You are so incredibly lucky! So many of us Latinos wish we had a dad like yours! He is GOLD!!!!!!!!!"
"The teen years can be a challenging time for young people and their parents. According to the CDC, studies have found that parents play an important role in shaping the health of their LGB teen. When LGB teens share their sexual orientation, they may feel rejected by important people in their lives, including their parents. This rejection can negatively influence an LGB teen’s overall well-being. On the other hand, a positive family environment, with high levels of parental support and low levels of conflict, is associated with LGB youth who experience healthy emotional adjustment. These teens are less likely to engage in sexual risk behaviors and be involved in violence," states the CDC.
You can watch the video here and Diaz' father enters the room at 12.30: