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Parents of Gay Children

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.

Parents Of Gay Kids Face These Common Fears

Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay 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...

Pink Is the New Yellow

Julie Tarney | Posted 10.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

His curly blond hair was long. He often traveled with a Barbie doll. And those telltale pink shorts were apparently code among the ignorant that I was a bad mother. Because if a boy wore pink back then it meant he was going to be gay.

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

Linda Robertson | Posted 10.18.2013 | Gay 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.

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

Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay 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...

Mourning the Dad Who Died Before He Could Accept His Gay Son

Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Ryan Buxton

I always assumed the years of hiding my truth from my dad didn't matter, that once I came out to him we'd have all the time in the world to reconcile our opposing viewpoints. Instead, closure was another thing we didn't get to share.

Is This Pennsylvania Man's Home Being Vandalized Because Daughter Is Gay?

Posted 07.08.2013 | Gay Voices

A Pennsylvania man says he believes his home is being targeted by vandals because his daughter is openly gay. As WPXI Channel 11 reports, John Nam...

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

Amelia | Posted 09.05.2013 | Gay 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 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.