08/29/2014 03:21 pm ET Updated Aug 29, 2014

What Children Want To Hear When Their Gay Parent Comes Out Of The Closet

As millions of LGBT Americans know, coming out of the closet can be complicated. That's especially true when you're an adult with grown children and an established family who may have a hard time with such a radical shift in their parent's identity. So what is the best way for parents to tell their kids about their sexuality?

HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd got the answer from Sarai Blincoe, an assistant professor of psychology at Longwood University, who conducted research to find out how college students would most prefer to get that news from a gay or lesbian parent. The ages of the students -- 18 to 21 years old -- is important because of how the parent-child dynamic changes at that period of life.

"[The children] would be able to essentially leave the relationship. This is the parents' concern: 'What if my child is old enough to walk away from my home? They have this independence, so I'm taking a risk in telling them about myself,'" Blincoe said.

So how did the students respond? Find out in the video above, and click here to watch the full HuffPost Live conversation about families with gay parents.

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