And because they have used many of the same kids in these videos, it’s possible to trace their evolution on different social issues—like Twitter user VelvetPJM did when he noticed that one of the kids in the videos got progressively more tolerant about same-sex marriage in videos taken at different times in his childhood.
The videos were each shot one year apart, beginning when the boy was only five—one in 2013, the year that a large part of the Defense of Marriage Act was overturned; one after Obergefell v. Hodges legalized gay marriage nationwide in 2015; and one after “Heartbeat,” an animated short film featuring a same-sex couple, was released in 2017.
It’s a heartwarming reminder about how quickly public opinion has changed about LGBTQ issues—and how it will perhaps continue to do so about other social justice issues. In a few years, perhaps, bathroom bans and debates over trans service members will also seem like the distant past.
This kid, after all, is a reminder that change is possible.