01/11/2012 11:59 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

An Unconventional Family Receives a Message of Unconditional Love (VIDEO)

In a poignant and beautiful video message posted this week on, a young lady by the name of Ashley Richards of San Diego, Calif. explained to the world why she loves her unconventional family, which is composed of her gay dad, her mom, and each of their significant others.

When Ashley was 11 years old in Dallas, Tex., her dad came out to her as a gay man. He had just ended a very significant relationship and explained to Ashley why he was so upset. He asked her if it was OK with her if he had a relationship with a man.

Ashley's parents divorced; however, they remained close friends over the years, and to this day, Ashley's gay dad and his partner, and Ashley's mom and her husband, continue to make happy memories together as very close and loving friends.

Through it all, Ashley learned how to stand up for what she believes in and to fiercely protect the people that she loves. In the video Ashley tells her parents, "You and Dad have both taught me to look once, or twice, or maybe even three times before judging a person or a situation, and because of that, I have some pretty amazing people in my life right now. And I've experienced some pretty amazing things, because I'm not afraid of what other people might think or say; I'm just me, and you've both taught me not to make excuses or apologies for that."

Ashley continues: "The amount of love and acceptance and fun and laughter in our little family is pretty unbelievable. I know that they say that you can't chose your family, but even if I could, I wouldn't change a thing. I love you guys."

The moral of Ashley's story: "If you're worried about coming out, or about being honest about who you are, trust the people that you love, because it might just be the best decision that you've ever made."

Below is Ashley's video to her family. You can also watch it on gives parents, family, and friends the opportunity to express unconditional love for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning people in their lives. Coming full circle, we now also give LGBTQ people the opportunity to share the unconditional love they have for the parents, family, and friends whom they hold so dear to their hearts. Write a note. Share a video. Submit a picture. Share something special with the LBGTQ person you love. The impact will be greater than you've ever imagined. Find us on Facebook at