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....

The Importance of Love

The Importance of Love

One cannot overstate the importance of love when you are the parent of an LGBTQ child. No matter what your initial reaction when your child first comes out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, connecting to the love you have in your heart for your child will make...

Transgender Kids

Transgender Kids

Mississippi recently passed a "Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)." You've probably heard of them before. There was one passed in Indiana under Governor Mike Pence and one in North Carolina under Governor Pat McCrory known as HB2. They allow discrimination based...

Dating Guidelines for LGBTQ Teens

Dating Guidelines for LGBTQ Teens

Let me start off by saying I’m not an expert on this topic. What I write is my opinion. I am the mother of a gay son. By the time he came out to me, he was no longer living at home but I do like to think I would have treated him the same, gay or straight. And that’s...

The Heart of a Mom

The Heart of a Mom

I’ve been privileged to meet so many moms of LGBTQ kids. Some in person, many on social media. Either way, I feel I know them and we share so much in common. One of the most important things we share is the heart of a mom. What is in the heart of a mom of an LGBTQ...

I always wanted grandkids

I always wanted grandkids

A pretty common refrain from a parent, usually the mother, of a child who has just come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. That was the reaction of Meri Brown of Sister Wives after her 21 year old daughter came out as gay. I totally relate. I always wanted...

A checklist for parents of a LGBTQ teen

A checklist for parents of a LGBTQ teen

10 things you can do when your son or daughter comes out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.

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