Sexual Diversity is Normal

Summary and Questions

What was your first experience of learning about gay (GLBTQ+) people?  What was your first experience of seeing or meeting a gay person?

When were you first aware of feelings for or an attraction to another person, a first crush?  Were you in control of these feelings and attractions?


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PARENTS AND THEIR FEELINGS

If you have a gay child, know that you are not alone.  In the United States there are approximately nine million gay people.  Three out of every one hundred people are gay. Eighteen million parents have a gay child.  So, what happens when a child comes out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?

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DIVERSITY IS NORMAL

Gender identity is a person’s internal sense of being a man, woman, neither or both. Sexual orientation is a term often used when referring to an individual’s emotional and/or sexual attraction to those of the same and/or another gender. Being gay is not a choice. Being gay is not a disorder. 

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THE PARENTAL ROLE

When a child comes out, your response matters. What lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender children fear the most when they come out is to lose their family and friends. Coming out to a parent is a show of trust and a desire to remain in a relationship. Now more than ever, your child needs you.

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SUMMARY AND QUESTIONS

When a child comes out, your response matters. What lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender children fear the most when they come out is to lose their family and friends. Coming out to a parent is a show of trust and a desire to remain in a relationship. Now more than ever, your child needs you.

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