Parents of gay or transgender kids are finding a new faith in the wake of a measles outbreak, which some say is the beginning of a new wave of acceptance.
For some, they are finding that they can still have an impact on their children and families in ways that they had not previously believed possible.
For others, they see their families as stronger than ever, as they are able to accept their children for who they are.
For one family, a father who had lived in Canada for years but never married has been able to reconnect with his children through their families.
“I am so proud of my children and my husband,” said his partner, who asked to remain anonymous.
“It’s a miracle that they’re not having to hide their identity.”
In the meantime, their two boys have become regular school students, taking lessons from the girls who attend their local day care center.
And the father, who has no children of his own, is looking forward to the holidays, even if it’s just for a few hours a week.
“We have to do our best to celebrate the good things in life and celebrate the family,” he said.
“There’s so much to celebrate.”
For others, however, it’s been difficult.
While the virus has hit hard in Canada, a growing number of families in other countries are facing challenges.
The country saw nearly 4,500 cases of measles in 2017, more than double the rate in 2016.
More than half of those cases were reported in Ontario, where some residents said they feel safer than in their homes.
In the U.S., the virus remains a concern, but public health experts say they have seen little change in how they teach children about vaccination and the importance of being vaccinated.