Gratitude

Gratitude

I was listening to a meditation on gratitude this morning and it reminded me of just how important gratitude can be as we process the information that our child is LGBTQ. For some of us, this is new information and we can find it difficult to accept. For others, we...

Good News for the LGBTQ Community?

Good News for the LGBTQ Community?

A recent story in the Chicago Sun Times reports “In a striking shift from recent years, major legislation curtailing LGBTQ rights has been completely stymied in state capitols around the country this year amid anxiety by Republican leaders over igniting economic...

Talking to your LGBTQ child about sex

Talking to your LGBTQ child about sex

For some parents, having “the talk” with their children is something they dread. They just aren’t comfortable talking about sex period. For them, it doesn’t matter whether their child is gay, straight or transgender. They just don’t want to do it. Other parents are...

Is there anything new under the sun?

Is there anything new under the sun?

Today is the day I sit down to write my blog. I’ve been sitting her trying to think of what to write for quite some time now. It seems I’ve written on every topic there is, or at least I can think of, about being the parent of an LGBTQ child. Is there anything new...

Using gay as a slur

Using gay as a slur

I just read a story about a 5 year old boy who likes Taylor Swift. His mom posted videos of him opening gifts from the singer and the insults began. Internet trolls started calling him gay and you know it was intended as an insult, as a slur. There is so much wrong...

Frustration

Frustration

Ask a mom of an LGBTQ child when she feels frustrated and what that frustration is all about. For me, for years it was the fact that my son and his long-time partner could not marry. It never made sense to me and I was particularly frustrated that my other son could...

A mother’s journey

A mother’s journey

When a child comes out as LGBT, a mother’s journey can take many different paths. The one I’m most struck by is grief. I know a lot of moms of LGBTQ kids. I’d say the majority of them went through some kind of grieving process when their child come out. Even those of...

The truth about adoption

The truth about adoption

I just read a story about a 12 year old boy who was adopted by a gay couple. He referred to his dads as “perfect parents.” He could have wasted away in foster care until he was 18. Thankfully, the agencies that approve and recommend adoptions thought it better for him...

Worry about a child’s safety

Worry about a child’s safety

I remember when my kids were young, I worried about everything. I worried when he climbed on the playground equipment. What if he fell and hurt himself? I worried about someone kidnapping them or killing them. I don’t think that’s too unusual. It’s normal for a mom to...

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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