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Parenting Gay Teens

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.

A Letter to the People Who Hate Us Because of What Happened to Our Gay Son

Linda Robertson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Linda Robertson

For those of you who are determined that we suffer and be held accountable for our mistakes, we can only say that the pain of knowing how deeply we wronged our son and not being able to sit down across from him and ask for his forgiveness is agony beyond all attempt to describe it.

While Your Child Is Still Alive: A Letter to Parents Who Aren't Ready to March in the Pride Parade

Linda Robertson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Linda Robertson

While your child is still alive, don't worry about what your friends will think. Twenty years from now, your friends' opinions won't keep you up at night. But your remorse about not loving your child while you still had the chance will. Trust me on this.

Everyone Has a Story...

Linda Robertson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Linda Robertson

When our four kids were growing up, I often reminded them that everyone has a story. I would tell them that no matter how grumpy, annoying or unkempt someone may be, there is always a story behind it. I reminded them to give people the benefit of the doubt.

Please, Under My Roof...

Stephen T. Russell, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephen T. Russell, Ph.D.

My son Enrique was 14. He had come out at school and had been speed-dating middle school boys that fall. "Dating" mostly meant texting or going to a movie. The turnover of boyfriends seemed innocent... but Tom was different.