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

If he were gay

If he were gay

I look at this picture of me with my boys and remember just how much I loved them. I also remember right about this time saying to their father, “I don’t care if Rick marries someone of a different race or religion but I don’t think I could handle it if he were gay.”...

Mom, I’m gay

The words I suspected I’d hear. The words I didn’t want to hear. “Mom, I’m gay.” For the month before hearing those words, I fretted and dreaded what he was going to tell me. In my heart, I knew he was gay and I knew that was what he would say. But I so hoped I was...
Why are people so afraid?

Why are people so afraid?

Why are people so afraid? What are they afraid of? I just don’t understand the vitriol aimed toward the LGBTQ community, here and around the world. I just read about two women caned in Malaysia. I read too often about another murder of a transgender woman. I know...

Celebrating my birthday

My birthday is tomorrow. I will be 70 years old. This past weekend we had a party celebrating my birthday. When we moved to Northern California from Los Angeles 30 years ago, I was just turning 40. It was a significant birthday and I wanted to have a party but I knew...

Charlotte Pride

I marched in Charlotte Pride this past weekend and it was quite the experience! Joe and I marched with out good friends, Jim and Jeanie and with Charlotte PFLAG. I’ve marched in Pride parades before, mostly in San Francisco. This was a very different experience for...

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