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Parents of Gay Children

The Shopping Trip

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

Toothpaste. Shampoo. Cat litter. Storage containers. Paper towels. Laundry detergent. The most basic of items, but in reality, five of these were decoys. But it wasn't what I was buying that made this shopping trip seem so surreal. It was the why.

When My Maybe-Gay 8-Year-Old Son Stood Up for His 'Girls' Toy'

Julie Tarney | Posted 04.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

The sound of the doorbell was followed by echoing thumps of a basketball on the wooden floor of our front porch. I put my hand up as a visor against the glaring afternoon sun and recognized Louis, my 8-year-old son Harry's friend from across the street.

Mom Who Fatally Beat Son She Apparently Thought Was Gay Convicted Of Murder

Posted 04.03.2014 | Gay Voices

An Oregon woman has been convicted of fatally beating her young son in a homeless shelter just days before his 4th birthday. The Oregonian reports...

Mom Allegedly Killed 4-Year-Old Son Because She Thought He Was Gay

Posted 03.27.2014 | Gay Voices

An Oregon mother is facing murder charges after allegedly subjecting her 4-year-old son to deadly beatings because she thought he was gay. As the ...

My Son Was Six Years Old When I Introduced Him to Liberace, Elvis and Hendrix

Julie Tarney | Posted 04.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

I wanted him to know that the fashion door would open for him; that as boys got older they gained the freedom to wear whatever they wanted. I needed him to know there were men who had defied the notion of sameness and boredom with what they wore. Harry hung on every word.

'Hey, Mom, I'm Gay'

Dayna Steele | Posted 03.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Dayna Steele

"I'm gay," my 16-year-old son blurted out. Actually, he texted it following a teenage tantrum about something totally unrelated to sexual orientation.

My Son's First Drag Idol Was a Cross-dressing Rabbit

Julie Tarney | Posted 02.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

My heart swelled as I patted Harry's head. He was happy, and so was I. Because while too many people questioned my young son's preferences, and therefore my skills as a mother, we both stood strong with a cartoon rabbit who carried an anvil in his pink purse.

Silent Night, Homophobic Night...

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

My mom and dad did something that few people ever do: They walked their talk. They cut ties with their longtime church because they realized that their gay grandson wasn't welcome there. And they set out to find a truly open and affirming church. I knew how hard this was for them.

Dedicated to the One I Love

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

My son Jason was 18 years old, and we were a mess, both crying and laughing as we sat in my office. I'd just written the dedication to my soon-to-be-published book Hot Target, in which I introduced and capital-O-outed Jason to my hundreds of thousands of readers around the world.

How Did You Tell Your Parents You Were Gay?

Posted 11.16.2013 | Gay Voices

How did you come out to your parents? That's the question posed in this clever new video featuring Kristin and Dannielle from EveryoneIsGay.com. Th...

Pundit Would Tell His Child That Being Gay Is 'A Road Of Destruction And Death' If They Came Out

Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices

The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer followed in the footsteps of fellow conservative Pat Robertson in offering "advice" to the parents of ...

When Your 7-Year-Old Son Says, 'I Want to Be Gay'

Amelia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Amelia

My middle son was tired, so he was nestled against my chest as I floated on my back. "Mom," he said, breaking the silence, "I want to be gay." This was unexpected. My middle son had never had boy crushes like my older kid, and last year he wanted to marry a female classmate.

Pundit's SHOCKING Response To Mom Whose Teen Son Just Came Out As Gay

Posted 11.12.2013 | Gay Voices

Pat Robertson has made no secret of his opposition to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the past, but the conservative evangelis...

Best-Selling Author Reveals How She Discussed Sex With Her Gay Son

Posted 11.08.2013 | Gay Voices

Author Suzanne Brockmann joined HuffPost Live for a candid conversation on how she dealt with raising a gay son. Brockmann, whose books include th...

For Gay Children of Straight Parents

Laura Leigh Abby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Laura Leigh Abby

Shortly after my wedding my parents were contacted by a writer. This writer, a woman, had seen my wedding announcement in The New York Times. Her letter explained that she was writing a book for the parents of gay children. She inquired as to whether mine might want to be involved.

Magic Johnson's Wife On Their Gay Son: 'A Mother Kinda Knows These Things'

Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices

Magic Johnson's wife Cookie spoke at length about her son E.J.'s public coming out in an appearance on HuffPost Live this week. "We had already de...

Three Beautiful Little Words: The True Meaning of 'Mom, I'm Gay'

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

The subtext -- the wondrous, beautiful subtext -- in that one small sentence can fill pages. The main message is: "Mom, I know who I am, and because I know who I am, I won't spend my life crashing around in despair, hurting myself and others, trying to be something that I can never be."

7 Important Rules For Helping Gay Kids Be Themselves

Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com I'm 50, I'm gay, and I was once a confused, mixed up, hormones-raging male teen, shamefully hiding my truth. Not...

DOMA Pioneer Receives Top Gay Honor In NYC

Posted 10.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Marriage equality advocate Edie Windsor took home top honors at the 2013 PFLAG NYC Awards Dinner. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) plantiff nabb...

My Son Didn't Live to See Gay Marriage Legalized, But He'd Be Dancing in the Streets

Sheila K. Collins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Sheila K. Collins

Change towards what I believe to be inevitable is happening quickly now. But things have not moved swiftly enough for this mother who, in the mid-1990s, wanted for her gay son what he wanted for himself -- that it be okay that the love of his life was a man, and that he be allowed to marry and raise children.

Who Is In a Gay Family?

Amelia | Posted 11.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Amelia

"Are you a gay parent?" asked the stranger. Without a second's thought, I responded, "Yes! My 8-year-old son is gay." It wasn't until later that I realized that that wasn't what he was asking. He was asking whether I am a gay person who has kids. But that experience made me think about another.

(Really Good) Sh*t My Mom Says (About Her Gay Grandson)

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 11.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

My 81-year-old mother has been an advocate for equality for as long as I can remember, so when my son Jason first told me that he's gay, I had absolutely no qualms about how my parents would react.

PFLAG Southwestern CT's Final Meeting

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 11.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Sharlach

Although most farewell dinners are somewhat bittersweet, the parents gathered at the dinner last week couldn't have been happier about ending their regular monthly meetings. There simply was no further need for them, at least in this part of Connecticut.

'Short Bitch Walking'

Julie Tarney | Posted 11.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

I didn't know what to expect, but I was up for anything. This was Las Vegas in 2008. And a drag show had been my 17-year-old son's only request on our four-shows-in three-days trip.

A Brief History of Me and Sports

Joe Hutcheson | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Hutcheson

I wouldn't say that I hate sports. I would say, instead, that nothing has ever made less sense to me. The world of competitive sports has always been one in which I have felt terribly confused and out of place.