Rose Gladu of Ottawa, Ontario, knew her 16-year-old trans daughter, Gabrielle, had been anxiously waiting to hear back about her request for a legal name change for months.
So this past Sunday, with Gabrielle's cousin Olivia keeping the camera rolling, Rose surprised her daughter with a cake and some very exciting news:
In the video, Gabrielle's mom hides the special dessert under a paper plate and, before Gabrielle can ask questions, whisks it away to reveal a the message.
"It took me a moment to process what it said on the cake," Gabrielle told BuzzFeed News. "It said 'Congratulations, you are now Gabrielle!'"
"I knew it right then and there what was going on, and I felt so blessed to have all my family there."
"I came up the with idea of the cake as a vehicle to celebrate her name change while having an informal family dinner with those that support, love and care for her," Gabrielle's mom said of the surprise. "It was a spontaneous event because we had been waiting over 2 months to receive her legal name change, and felt it was an opportunity when those that cared were there to celebrate this new beginning."