Talking to kids after they come out - How to support an LGBTQ child who's not yours

Summer vacation can be a stressful time. Getting together with family will sometimes surface old hurts or disagreements; political, religious, or otherwise. This can be especially true for LGBTQ youth or young adults in a family environment that is not supportive. Family gatherings can act as a catalyst for people to vocalize their disapproval of the youth’s sexual orientation or gender identity / expression. Even those who believe they are well-meaning can try to draw other adults into this damaging exchange; using the gathering as an opportunity to shame a child into altering this extremely personal aspect of their identity. One theme that continues to emerge in my conversations around hea

For Dads on talking to their LGBT children....while they are still children

Cross-posted from "The Good Men Project" website. Social visibility and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals has increased drastically over the last decade. Marriage equality, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the military, and pop culture icons publicly coming out have all contributed to a shift in awareness of sexual orientation, as well as how we understand gender identity. As an adult, it may be a relatively short adjustment to realize that your co-worker is gay and married to someone of the same gender. Following media coverage of Caitlyn Jenner’s transition may have made you uncomfortable, but you (hopefully) acknowledge her humanity and right

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