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...

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...

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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