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Magic And Cookie Johnson Open Up About Their Son Coming Out As Gay

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.22.2016 | Queer Voices

Cookie and Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr., sat down with “Good Morning America” on Wednesday for a rare and candid joint conversation about living...

My Son Was Not in Orlando That Night, But All My Children Were

Krista Barth | Posted 07.07.2016 | Parents
Krista Barth

My son started out in this world momentarily shattering my heart before he even took his first breath, as they rushed me to a cesarean section before his heart rate dropped again, with the cord wrapped tightly around his neck.

Gay Children Need Your Love More Than Ever Before

Max DuBowy | Posted 06.22.2016 | Parents
Max DuBowy

If the Orlando shooting happened when I was still in the closet, I'd be scared to come out because I'd think I could be the victim of a gay hate crime.

For My Sister, on Her Birthday

Michael Rowe | Posted 06.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rowe

Her most lasting gift to me at that age was the ability to see that even if I wasn't beautiful, or lovable, or serious enough for the expectations of the world of straight adults, I was unique and brimming over with the possibilities of a big life, and beautiful enough for her.

Why Your Kids' Sexual Orientation Is None of Your Business

Hilary Lauren | Posted 04.19.2016 | Parents
Hilary Lauren

All that's required is opening your heart and your arms in acceptance.

Middle School Vs. My Gay Kid

Amelia | Posted 04.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amelia

A "boys will be boys" attitude offers little comfort to a kid suffering through school. My kid deserves better. All kids do.

Gwen Stefani Explains What She'll Do If One Of Her Sons Is Gay

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.26.2016 | Queer Voices

Gwen Stefani has always been open when it comes to allowing her sons to express their individuality. In fact, Kingston, 9, and 7-year-old Zuma have be...

Sally Field Offers Beautiful Advice For Parents Of Gay Kids

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.10.2017 | Queer Voices

Sally Field has simple, but heartfelt, advice for parents of gay and lesbian children: don't be frightened. The 69-year-old Oscar winner, who is winn...

About Our Son: A Letter to My Late Husband

Laurin Mayeno | Posted 10.24.2016 | Parents
Laurin Mayeno

I choose to believe that if you met Danny today, you would wrap your arms around him and never want to let him go. Danny would finally know his father's love, and you would know what it's like to love a child so fiercely that nothing can stand in your way.

Open Letter To Parents Of Gay Kids: This Is Not About You

Amelia | Posted 08.30.2016 | Queer Voices
Amelia

If you are a parent who is panicking about having an LGBT kid, take a deep breath. As you inhale, let all the panic and all the worries come roaring in. Then, as you exhale, set them all aside. It's time to do what your child needs you to do.

The Impact of Marriage Equality We're Not Discussing, But Should

John Duffy, Psy.D. | Posted 07.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Duffy, Psy.D.

For the majority of us, our loves and attractions are actually celebrated, from crushes to dates to proms to weddings. And we don't really need to give it a thought. There is a wild emotional divide between private shame and public celebration, and it is critical.

Strange Bedfellows Perpetuate the Denial of Proper Care for Young Trans Girls

Dana Beyer | Posted 05.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Even if it's true that 75 percent of gender dysphoric boys turn out to be gay, it is also true that denying the gender dysphoric boys who are actually girls the right to transition is cruel and abusive, and too often life-threatening.

A Man in California Wants to Kill My Son

Amelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amelia

You might be thinking, "Amelia, this isn't going to go anywhere. It's California! It's not like it's going to become law." And you are right. But it doesn't take away from the fact that there are thousands of people in this country just like Mr. McLaughlin, who think a bullet in his head is exactly what my son deserves.

Bully My Gay Son at Your Own Risk

Amelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amelia

We all know how this script is supposed to go: Gay kid gets teased and bullied. Gay kid feels demeaned and ashamed. Gay kid maybe gets beaten up. Gay kid runs off to lick his wounds and feel horrible about himself. Gay kid feels alone. But not this time. This time the gay kid, my gay kid, fought back. And the bully ran away.

The Queering of Sleeping Beauty

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diriye Osman

As I write this, I am sure there are countless gay kids from Kuala Lumpur to Kinshasa watching delectable Disney propaganda and imagining themselves as Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel or Elsa from "Frozen" and dreaming of new ways to customize those fantasies to fit their reality.

Falling in Love With a Cartoon Character (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-01-14-20150109AlexZuccarosmall.jpgAlexander first realized he was gay at 5 years old thanks to a Hercules pillow set, a secret comfort he could turn to when he couldn't explain himself to his friends at school. The pillow was his "boyfriend," he says.

A Dad Dropped His Son Off on a Date and It Restored My Faith in Humanity

Benjamin O'Keefe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Benjamin O'Keefe

I held it together in public, but I really wanted to cry at the beautiful moment I had just witnessed. But then it hit me; I had just judged someone. I had assumed that because this man fit a certain stereotype that he was instantly against equality, and there was no way that he could possibly approve of his son's sexuality.

No, My 10-Year-Old Son Isn't Looking for a Girlfriend. He Likes Boys.

Amelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amelia

Sure, by the numbers, assuming people are straight is a safe bet. Most people are. But assumptions are dangerous. This particular assumption implies to my son that there is something wrong him for being other than straight. And there's not. He should be exactly who he is.

My Son, Draculaura

Jill Topol | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Jill Topol

Is my son straight, gay, bi, trans or a metrosexual in the making? I have no clue, but I do know whatever God (or whatever higher power) has intended him to be, he is incredible.

Wait for Me Until I Welcome: Further Reflections From an Orthodox Rabbi to His Gay Children

Avi Orlow | Posted 01.10.2015 | Religion
Avi Orlow

If we think our tradition demands we risk our children's lives by not accepting them, like Avraham, maybe we are misreading our tradition. God does not need our defense, and God will most certainly be there when we get back. All our children are angels who are just waiting to be welcomed into the tent.

How Halloween Helped Me Challenge The Gender Binary

Erin Whitney | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Erin Whitney

In her latest blog at the A.V. Club, Cameron Esposito says that little gay kids push the boundaries of gender on Halloween out of a necessity and a sense of survival. While I may not have recognized it at the time, or at least attached a label to it, I was one of those little gay kids who, as she says, felt something "off about heteronormative culture" and used the holiday to protest it.

Liberal, Well-Meaning Mom Blows It When Her Son Comes Out -- But Then She Feels Blessed

Susan Oren | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Susan Oren

Here was the ultimate mom test. Was I the real deal? At this crucial moment, probably the most important one of my life, my mind had shut down, and I'd lost my voice. I'd expected to perform much better. This had been a D-minus at best.

The Second Halloween My Boy Wanted to Be a Girl

Julie Tarney | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie Tarney

You'd think that by the time my son Harry turned 4 years old in 1994, I would have learned how to handle Halloween. A guilt ghoul swallowed me whole the first time my boy wanted to go trick-or-treating dressed as a girl. But, no, some lessons don't come easy.

Pat Robertson Suggests Teen Is Having Gay Crushes Because He's Being Raised By A Single Mom

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A lack of "male companions" could be causing a woman's teenage stepson to have crushes on other boys, at least according to Pat Robertson. The U.S...

How a Young Boy Knows He's Gay

Randy Eddy-McCain | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Randy Eddy-McCain

As I reflect on that innocent horseback ride with Paul, I see it now as a time when my natural, God-given sexuality was beginning to take shape. I cherish the memory of that time with my young friend. Unfortunately I was robbed of the joy of being able to celebrate my coming of age.