Sam Brinton was walking through Walt Disney World on Saturday, June 4, wearing a pair of black and white polka dot high heels.
According to his Facebook post he thought nothing of it, other than it gave him a sense of empowerment.
However, it wasn’t until later, when he checked his messages that he realized he had done more than just make a personal statement.
“…I got a Facebook message from a mom whose young gay son watched me saunter by… (I’m seriously in shock she found me. I asked if I could share part of the message and she agreed.),” Brinton writes in his public Facebook feed.
Brinton says a personal letter was sent to him by someone identified only as “A Mom,” and it brought him to tears.
“When my gay son saw you walk by he just sat down and started to cry a little, I was so confused! But then he whimpered ‘It’s true, Mom. WE can be our own princess here.’ And I just started crying too and realized you made my son’s dream come true. – A Mom.”
Many of his Facebook friends were touched not only by Brinton’s act of empowerment, but the inspiration he inadvertently bestowed upon a little boy.
“This is my friend Sam Brinton. He is an inspiration to me for many reasons, this is just the most recent. Never be afraid to be yourself.” – Wendi King, Facebook
“Sam inspires people everywhere he goes!” – Melissa Masters, Facebook
“Keep on being yourself and that in itself will inspire others whether you realize it or not. It is so great that you got to know how YOU helped someone just by being YOU! We are all unique and can inspire. Be true to yourself and the rest will follow.” – Joanne Ball Riley, Facebook
Brinton lives in Washington DC and works as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center.