For a queer person, coming out to one’s parents can be tough.
It’s an important thing to do – provided you’re safe and able – for several reasons, not least of which is living your life as the person that you are, and setting an example for others out there who might feel alone in the world or are afraid to let their Pride flag fly.
When TikTok user Alana (@shhlana) decided to tell her parents that she’s queer/bisexual (pronouns, she/her), she decided to ask for backup…from Lindsay Lohan.
Over to Variety:
@shhlana — who generally posts about TV shows such as “Julie and the Phantoms” and “The Wilds” — posted a TikTok saying, “Guys, I think I’m going to have to come out to my parents soon.”
Last week, she posted an update, saying she had not yet talked to them. “But hear me out,” she said. “What if I got Lindsay Lohan to tell my parents? She’s on Cameo right now. And wouldn’t that be iconic?”
She had scrolled through Cameo, which is an app that allows you to commission personal videos from celebrities, looking for the right person, and come across Lohan.
“I had no idea she was on there,” Alana said. “And I thought, ‘Wow, this would be so amazing.’ I grew up watching Lindsay in all of her movies. Like ‘The Parent Trap,’ ‘Freaky Friday’ — all those movies basically were my childhood.”
She reached out and Lohan did make her a video, but not the one she asked for. Instead, she offered her some words of advice.
“Hi, Alana, it’s Lindsay Lohan. I know that you are about to take a very big step in telling your parents who you truly are and what you want them to accept of you — and I think you should do it yourself. I think that coming from you, you’ll feel a lot of power and strength. And it’s important that you are who you truly are, and that you love yourself and that you can live by that and tell your parents that.”
Alana posted the video on TikTok and Twitter, where it went viral:
Now why did Lindsay Lohan offering a fan coming out advice make me cry a little… pic.twitter.com/nqKSWU3Qrx
— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) January 25, 2021
The subsequent media attention gave Alana the push she needed to talk to her parents, and apparently “they took it well”, and she’s “feeling really, really relieved”.
Lohan wasn’t too pleased that she’d posted the video, and asked her to take it down.
Lohan’s request aside, Alana plans to leave the TikTok up, and said she’s “confused” about why Lohan would want it removed. In the end, she got exactly what she wanted out of the experience — even in a circuitous way.
But as for the naysayers in the comments saying that Lohan should have done what Alana originally requested, she disagrees: “I actually am way more grateful that she sent that instead.”
And up, it stays.
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