About Susan Berland

Susan Berland is fiercely committed to guiding young people and their parents back to a loving, accepting relationship when the parents are struggling to accept their child as gay, bisexual or transgender. Susan guides parents and their kids to communicate effectively, trust one another and accept one another where and as they are.

Here are my most recent posts

Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

What does religious freedom mean anyway? The first amendment to the constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” You have the freedom to practice your religion; I have the freedom...
From an Orthodox Rabbi

From an Orthodox Rabbi

I know a lot of moms of LGBTQ kids who have been badly burned by their Evangelical or Conservative Churches in relation to their child. While I was not raised as an Orthodox Jew, I am Jewish and I know the part of the bible often quoted to condemn homosexuality. Most...
Gavin Grimm & Transgender Rights

Gavin Grimm & Transgender Rights

Yesterday, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case of Gavin Grimm, a high school senior who wants nothing more than to be able to use the restroom in his school and not have to go to the Nurse’s office every time he wants to pee. The refusal by the Supreme Court...
To advocate or not to advocate

To advocate or not to advocate

This can be tricky for a parent of an LGBTQ child, especially one who is not completely out to their schools, peers and/or families. As a parent, when you have a child who is totally out and you are totally out as a parent of an LGBTQ child, deciding when to advocate...
Suicide and marriage

Suicide and marriage

A recent report shows that teen suicide rates dropped when marriage equality became the law of the land. Further, it showed that in states that enacted marriage equality before the Supreme Court decision, teen suicide rates dropped. Coincidence? I don’t think so....