Shaunna Murphy
February 03, 2017 10:48 am
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As the LGBTQ community faces an increasingly, depressingly uncertain future in this country, we’re so, so glad that Ruby Rose told her story of coming out to her mom at the age of 12.

Because really, we needed some uplifting freaking news today.

In a sneak peek at her interview from Sunday’s episode of TODAY with Willie Geist, Rose reveals she was worried to come out to her mother as a pre-teen — but as soon as she found the courage and told her mom the truth, she realized her concerns were completely unfounded.

“When I told her, she was like, ‘I know,'” Rose explains. “She knew when I was six apparently. I was like, ‘Really, mom,’ I don’t even think I knew then. I didn’t think it was possible. Apparently it is and it makes sense.”

The 30-year-old star of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage also tells Geist that much of her fear stemmed from simply not knowing that the LGBTQ community existed — once again highlighting the importance of being open to children about varying sexualities and gender identities from a young age.

“I was just worried because I didn’t know it was a thing,” Rose continues. “I knew how I felt and what I kind of identified as, but the words gay or lesbian…I didn’t know anyone else that was gay or a lesbian. So I didn’t really know how to word it. So I was just like, ‘I think I should let you know that when I eventually get a boyfriend, there’ll be a girl.’ And she was just like, ‘I know.’”

Rose also jokes that she hated Barbie dolls growing up, and outright “decapitated” a Ken doll. (We’re sure he had it coming.)

During a time when, again, LGBTQ rights are in flux and scary news continues to pour in day after day, it’s great to hear a simple human story of love and compassion. Sadly, not every LGBTQ kid will have the same experience Rose did — far from it, actually —  but we do hope that her openness and her bravery will continue to help and inspire younger generations of queer kids in the turbulent years to come.

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