In what is easily the most emotional YouTube video about sexuality, Riyadh Khalaf just uploaded a brand new vlog with his mum and dad in which they discuss their feelings once he had officially come out as gay. In the video, the Khalaf family take it in turns to share their thoughts regarding their sons sexuality before Riyadh’s father drops an absolute bombshell… he actually contemplated committing suicide on the evening he found out.
The first of Riyadh’s parents to find out about his sexuality was Lorraine, his mother. She stumbled upon a “gay website” in his Internet history and decided to talk to him about it; “I got a shock! It was a confirmation in my head – I thought he might be… I walked into the living room, dried my tears, and said, ‘Riyadh, do you have something to say to me? I love you no matter what, you can tell me anything'”. However, even though both of his parents were raised Catholic and his mother accepted the news so well, it still took him over nine months to finally come out to his father, Sam.
In the time following his coming out to his father, Riyadh admits that he felt increasingly more distant to him. Sam addresses this distance by saying that “it was just so confusing… thinking about it now, it was such a drama”, before he then goes on to tell his wife and son something they had not previously known about. In the emotional vlog, Riyadh’s father shares what he was going through after finding out his son was gay; “I actually got up that night about 3 or 4 in the morning, and I was looking for tablets to commit suicide. It was so stupid”. At this point, both Lorraine and Riyadh are visibly shocked.
Thankfully, the Khalaf family were able to pull together and now seem even stronger that ever, with Riyadh admitting that he’s “never seen such a turnaround in two parents as much as these two. We talk about everything. We actually talk about too much! It’s a bit over the top… Both of them have come with me to gay nightclubs, we’ve gone to gay pride, they were at the front of the parade for years”. In fact, to prove they’re as close as Riyadh claims they are, he even filmed a video with this mother in which she reads his Grindr messages! You can watch it below:
The most important lesson we learnt from Riyadh’s emotional new video comes from his dad, in which he sends out a crucial message to other parents struggling to comprehend their child’s identity and especially for those also contemplating suicide; “For every father and every mother that love’s their kid, they have to stand by them because the only one who’s going to stand by you, is your kid”. So true Sam!
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