How Rejection Impacts LGBTQ Adults

How Rejection Impacts LGBTQ Adults

I wrote the following blog post 3 years ago. It still has relevance. How I wish parents rejecting their kids was a thing of the past but it is not. Back then, I was working with LGBTQ adults who had been rejected but their families. What I found was those who needed...

A tribute to moms

A tribute to moms

There has been a lot of press recently about the mom who broke off ties with her gay son on the day of his wedding. That broke my heart. Her son and his husband are wonderful men from all I’ve read They are loved and supported by the love of one set of parents. That...

Empathy and Parenting an LGBTQ kid

Empathy and Parenting an LGBTQ kid

I’ve written about empathy before. For me, empathy is essential to having a fulfilling life. How does it guide us (or not) as parents of an LGBTQ child? According to an article on empathy in thebabbleout.com, “Empathy ensures that mothers are more caring towards their...

When people aren’t accepting

When people aren’t accepting

A too common challenge for parents of LGBTQ kids is lack of acceptance from family and friends. This is especially true for the moms and dads who were raised in the evangelical church. Many parents have a period of adjustment, of soul searching when their child comes...

More on parenting adult children

More on parenting adult children

Continuing the theme of parenting adult children, another of my readers wrote to me about a young adult son. “One of my problems has to do with communication and respect, expressing gratitude instead of just taking things for granted and being entitled. I don’t get...

Challenges of being a parent

Challenges of being a parent

I recently asked my newsletter audience about the challenges they face as a parent. This is one response I received: “My challenge is related to my children. All three are grown and gone several states away. I rarely see them, my relationship with my gay child has...

What is wrong with North Carolina?

What is wrong with North Carolina?

I just read that North Carolina Republican lawmakers want to make same-sex marriage illegal in their state. What is wrong with these people? I thought most lawmakers were attorneys. I didn’t go to law school. I didn’t even go to college but I understand that the when...

Accepting our children

Accepting our children

A while back I wrote about the expectations we have for our children. Sometimes we don’t even know we have them until they are shattered. That was certainly my experience when my son came out to me in 1989. While I wasn’t surprised to have him tell me...

Online safety tips for LGBTQ Teens

Online safety tips for LGBTQ Teens

Guest blog post written by Hilary Smith It’s no secret that raising teens is difficult. Our sons and daughters are met with the time honored typical adolescent woes of puberty and finding oneself. Awkward phases and hormonal changes are troublesome in their own...

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...

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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