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Two Men Kissing in Front of My Kid? Awesome!

Amelia | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Amelia

My son needs to see kisses like this one, kisses of celebration between two men in love. There are too few of them in front of his eyes, and he needs to be able to see more. He needs to be able to see that his future will one day include kisses between him and a boy he likes, and one day a boy he loves.

Discovering and Outgrowing My Mother's Shoes

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

Sometimes I did try wearing my mom's skirts or dresses, but getting them off quickly when I heard the car pull into the driveway proved less than advantageous.

Sunrise, Sunset: A Son Rises

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Once I knew everything about my children from their sleep habits to their favorite foods. Now I stand on the periphery watching them change and grapple with adulthood.

WATCH: Iyanla's Advice For Father Struggling To Accept Gay Son

OWN | Posted 08.27.2013 | OWN

Parents Traci and Andre called life coach Iyanla Vanzant for help because they feel their two children -- 24-year-old Jovan and 20-year-old Jazmin -- ...

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

Linda Robertson | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay 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.

When My Son Met His 'Boyfriend,' Darren Criss (PHOTO)

Amelia | Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Amelia

What could I say to this young man who meant so much to my kid, this young man who, by playing a television character, had helped lead my son to tell me about his orientation and, by extension, helped change the trajectory of my own life toward activism?

A Father's Unexpected Response To His Gay Son's Coming Out

Levi A. Miles | Posted 06.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Levi A. Miles

When my dad left to pick up some dinner, my mom, whom I've been out to for almost two years, said, "Your father saw your Facebook status when I left my Facebook up. The cat's out of the bag." You see, I hadn't told him.

To Move Or Not To Move?

Amelia | Posted 04.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Amelia

As our children grow, we look around and wonder, "Is this the right place for us to be? Is this where we want our children to grow up? What is the environment we've chosen teaching them?" These questions were heightened after our oldest son started identifying as gay at a young age.

If My Gay Son Realizes He's Really My Straight Son, So What?

Amelia | Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Amelia

If our son realizes at a later date that he isn't gay, I won't be embarrassed. No matter who he is, we want him to know that we love him. And whom he loves and is attracted to doesn't change a thing. If anything, we are setting an example to all our kids that our love really is unconditional.

Raising A Gay Son Is The Same As Raising A Straight Son, Except When It's Not

Amelia | Posted 03.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Amelia

Yes, at times it is different. At times it is hard, emotional and challenging. It's not something people are used to seeing, which can make them uncomfortable, so it requires extra work of me as a parent. But that doesn't mean it's bad. And he's worth it. All my kids are.

Some Parents Might Not Want A Gay Kid, But I Do

Amelia | Posted 02.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Amelia

On Dec. 10 a conservative politician in the UK commented, "I think most parents would prefer their children not to be gay." As the mom of an openly gay son, that comment pisses me off, but it doesn't surprise me. It's something I have heard many times before.

I Am Voting For My Son's President

Amelia | Posted 12.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Amelia

I want for my son what all mothers want. I want him to grow up into a happy, healthy adult. I want him to find a career where he can thrive. I want him to find someone awesome to love who loves him right back. But all those things will be in jeopardy if Mitt Romney becomes president.

Conversations I Don't Want To Have With My Son

Amelia | Posted 11.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Amelia

I think every parent has those discussions they don't want to have with their children. But now that my oldest son, at 7 years old, identifies as gay, I find myself facing a whole new set of things I just don't want to say to him.

Loving, Yes. But Brave?

Jess Wilson | Posted 11.06.2012 | Parents
Jess Wilson

As much as I, too, applaud John for writing the letter, and as much as I found it pitch-perfect in its tenor and its content, I just couldn't swallow 'brave.'

It's Been An Amazing Year... Thank You!

Amelia | Posted 10.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Amelia

I will always remember Aug. 16, 2011, because it's a day that truly changed my life. It was the day I wrote up a cute little story about my oldest son and his crush on Glee's Blaine and naïvely posted it to a blog.

A Letter To My Hypothetically Gay Son

John Kinnear | Posted 10.09.2012 | Gay Voices
John Kinnear

My son is living in his mom's belly right now, so obviously we don't know his sexual orientation. Still, the letter I read Tuesday morning made me wonder what my letter would say if the news that my son was gay ended up being a surprise. So here it is.

Our First Pride As Parents Of A Young Gay Son

Amelia | Posted 09.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Amelia

We laughed at our presumption that our son would have some big moment during this first Pride after telling us he was gay. We realized the day was exactly the way it should have been. It was a fun, family day. It wasn't a revelation-worthy day for our son, because it was just his life.

A Not-So-Proud Moment For Mom

Amelia | Posted 08.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Amelia

My son is who he is, and I have never wanted him to be anyone else. I am proud of him, and try I encourage him to be himself and empower him, but here I was, just a few feet away, willing him to hold part of himself back. The shame came over me instantly.

The Father I Want To Be

Dave | Posted 08.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Dave

Is there any harm in raising kids who treat gay people with respect? If our son turns out to be straight, there is still a very good chance he will have a gay classmate or a young gay neighbor. Do we want him to ridicule this child or sit by and watch others do it?

My Son Does Not Need To Prove Anything

Amelia | Posted 08.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Amelia

When my 7-year-old son first announced to us he was gay, the response from the people in our lives, the people who are important to us, was overwhelmingly positive. But now that time has passed, about six months, a few people are starting to change their tune.

That Could Be My Son One Day

Amelia | Posted 07.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Amelia

So how do I keep my son from becoming another statistic, another young person pushed to deadly means to end torment by those who think his existence is a sin, ugly, and wrong? Well, there is no guarantee that I can, but I can sure as hell try.

Nine Years Later: Life Lessons From A Father To His Gay Son

Shane L. Windmeyer | Posted 07.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Shane L. Windmeyer

In memory of my father, please consider writing a note to your straight friends or speaking to them in person to thank them for being allies, for loving you, and for standing up for who you are.

This Mother's Day, Let's Stand Together To Protect Our LGBT Children

Elke Kennedy | Posted 07.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Elke Kennedy

I am reaching out to other moms who might or might not accept of the fact that their son or daughter is gay. Most of you do not know what it is like to receive a phone call like I got at 4:30 a.m. telling me that something had happened to my child.

WATCH: Happy Mother's Day, From A Gay Son To His Conservative Mom

Justin Huang | Posted 07.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Justin Huang

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Talking To Other Parents About My Gay 7-Year-Old Son

Amelia | Posted 05.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Amelia

I am finding myself having a lot of conversations with parents lately. Part of me is annoyed that I feel I should, but the larger part of me knows it's necessary. An out first grader isn't exactly an average kid. I have the only one I know. It surprises people, and they have questions.