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Parents of Lgbt Children

10 Ways to Make It Easier for Your Child to Come Out

Laurin Mayeno | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents
Laurin Mayeno

If your child is thinking about coming out, you probably don't know about it. You might suspect that your child is LGBT, or you may not have the slightest idea. There are ways that parents and caregivers can make the days before and after coming out much easier for their children.

What Are the Sounds of Transphobic Dinosaurs Dying?

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 06.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Ultimately the age of dinosaurs will pass; their fossils will be discovered by future anthropologist-archeologists to be scrutinized, dissected, and viewed as oddities whose ideas will seem curious for their naiveté.

Here's Why We Still Need To Be Supporting LGBT Youth In Schools With A 'Day Of Silence'

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

April 17 marks the 19th year of the annual Day of Silence, which brings attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) bullying and h...

Mom Allegedly Beat Son Because She Thought He Was 'Too Feminine' And Gay

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

A Tennessee mother is facing assault charges after allegedly beating and punching her young son because she believed he was acting “too feminine" an...

Parent Notes to LGBT Kids Go Viral | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

In this "Digitally Speaking" segment, I discuss the social media impact produced by these notes, and how they can help parents everywhere better handle the coming out moment for LGBT kids.

Not Ready to Love a Gay Child? Then Don't Have Kids

Amelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amelia

If you are thinking about creating a family with someone, stop and think. Ask yourself, "Will this person love the children we create?" If the answer is "Maybe not," then perhaps it is time to take a big step back and do some real thinking.

10 Awesome Tips For Parents Of Gay Kids

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com "Mom, Dad, I'm gay." Rarely are these words met with fanfare and rainbow flags flying, except in the rare instanc...

How This Mom Reacted When Her 9-Year-Old Son Told Her He Was Gay

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Lisa J. Keating | The Next Family It was breakfast time. Morgan: I asked my mom, “Why do parents throw their kids out when they tell them t...

Your Toddler Might Be Gay

Dana Sitar | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Sitar

If we keep talking to that little girl for the next 10 years as if it's her destiny to fall in love with a man, how will she react to herself and others if she finds herself attracted to the girls around her, not the boys? Or to both?

Classmates Back California Teen Whose Yearbook Photo Was Axed Because She Wore A Tuxedo

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

Classmates and family members are rallying in support of a California teen whose portrait was reportedly axed from her private school's yearbook and g...

Silent Night, Homophobic Night...

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

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

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...

What Parents, Youth and Allies Need to Know as We Recognize National Coming Out Day

James Clementi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Clementi

In recognition of National Coming Out Day, I joined my mother and father, Jane and Joseph Clementi, in a conversation with LGBT rights activist Mitchell Gold to get to the heart of why coming out matters and how we can support young people as they go through this process.

The World Is Watching

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marsha Aizumi

I realized that the PFLAG China parents were looking to us in the U.S. for signs that the world is changing. I understood that our progress is their hope for their children and their families. China is watching us closely and believing that our evolution can be their future.

Who Is In a Gay Family?

Amelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Parents Of Gay Kids Face These Common Fears

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com I'm a parent. A damn good one if I do say so myself. Sure, I came out of the closet late in life. Went through a...

A Back-To-School Guide For Parents Of Gay Kids

Posted 07.15.2016 | Queer Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com Hard to believe it's mid-August and in some areas of the country and world, kids have already taken up residence...

10 Ways to Support Your Gay Kid, Whether You Know You Have One or Not

Amelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amelia

Here are some helpful hints for supporting your gay child before they ever come out to you. After all, parenting gay kids does not start when they come out. They've been gay since day one, whether you knew it or not.

Just Because He Breathes: Learning to Truly Love Our Gay Son

Linda Robertson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Linda Robertson

We told our son that he had to choose between Jesus and his sexuality. Choosing God, practically, meant living a lifetime condemned to being alone. So, just before his 18th birthday, Ryan, depressed, suicidal and disillusioned, made a new choice.

A Mother's Love:LGBT Readers, Bloggers Sound Off On Their Moms And Mom Figures

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In a day and age when growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is an increasingly volatile experience, our mothers mean more to us now ...