Category - teen
As kids become teens, its ok for them to develop interest in other boys and girls their age. Dating is daunting for most parents especially parents of lgbtq youth but its an important part of adolescent development for all children, assures dr. dannielle owens-reid and kristin russo, authors of this is a book for parents of gay kids (released today!) pared down their advice for parents of lgbtq kids. parents may need help for themselves while going through the coming out process with their gay or lesbian teenager. Working with a therapist who specializes in assisting gay teens and their families can be of benefit in relieving parents fears and stress. Some gay teens have been shamed, banished, threatened, beaten, and shunned. They took this chance either because they trusted you and hoped for the best, or because they could not stand to live inauthentically any longer. this isnt easy, since its normal for parents in your situation to want to react out of the anger, fear, or pain that theyre feeling. Thats why we strongly recommend that you consult with a pastor, a professional counselor, a mentor, or a small group of understanding friends before doing anything else. Parenting gay and lesbian teens younger and younger, teens are coming out while still at home. parents of gay children may be shocked when their kids come out of the closet, but once the dust settles, most parents realize that their child is the same one they have loved and cared for all their lives, they just happen to be gay. And while parental acceptance is one hurdle for a gay child, there are many other issues facing gay kids and their parents. life for gay teens has changed, but advice books for parents have lagged behind until now. Pflag (parents families and friends of lesbians and gays) is a national organization promoting the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons and their families and friends. They have a trans-specific chapter (pflag-tson) and several pamphlets on subjects like our transgendered children.