Evan Gant was tasked with writing an essay in his English class. The topic could be about anything, but it had to be “debatable”.
Evan was inspired to write about equality because his older sister, Juliana, has come out to their family just two months earlier.
The moving essay starts of by setting out the importance of gay rights.
Evan wrote: “Have you ever thought about gay rights? Gay rights are important, because they are like every other person in the world. It doesn’t matter if you like the same gender, as long as you are still you.
“It doesn’t matter about what people say, it’s about what you think and say. I know someone that I care for so much and they are gay. I still think of her as a friend, someone that cares for me.”
The tween went on to right that his sister was “just like all of us”, and despite sibling rivalry meaning they sometimes get mad at each other, he still loves her for her.
“My sister is still a normal person, not some alien creature. She is a human being just like all of us. I still get mad at her sometimes, but that doesn’t change the way I think of her. I love my sister how she is.
“I could care less if she is gay or straight. I only care that she is my sister and I love her for who she is. Just because they like the same gender doesn’t all the sudden make them different. I love my sister for who she is,” Evan added.
Juliana shared the heartwarming letter on Twitter, and as you’d imagine it made everyone super emotional.
“SO PURE,” wrote one user.
“I’m crying,” added another.
Juliana told BuzzFeed that she was “really touched” by the essay.
“It was extremely heartwarming because he has never actually talked about it with me or told me what he thinks about it or how he feels about it,” she explained.