What makes a tradition worth keeping? It should be useful, relevant and a unifying experience for those involved. If a tradition fails to meet this baseline, it devolves into a social convention done out of necessity rather than meaningfulness. It's important to examine and isolate those positive aspects to apply to today as a means to reach the future we envision.

Sorin Thomas, a licensed professional counselor and founder of Queer Asterisk Therapeutic Services, dissects how coming out fits into these patterns.

"There's a dominant narrative. And if you're other than the dominant narrative, there's a coming-out experience," Thomas said. "When we have these historically oppressed identities as a part of us, there is a balance between preparing and trying to be as safe as possible. And also, hopefully, not taking that to such an extent that we're not able to live out our fullest childhood, to not have that interfere with our childhood."

Being supportive and nurturing

When some element of your child's identity doesn't resemble the mainstream—be it religion, race,