When kids come out at a young age, parents sometimes don’t know what to think. Could this be a phase? Are they old enough to know? Will they change their mind?
When a child comes to a parent and says, “Mom, I’m gay” or whatever they come out as, believe them. It is their truth and they are trusting you with it. It is the truth for them that day. It may be the truth for them forever or it could change.
Sometimes kids come out as bisexual only to come out as gay as years go by. When they say their bisexual, believe them. When they say their gay, believe them.
Sometimes a kid will come out as gay only to come out later as transgender or nonbinary. When they come out as gay, believe them. When they come out as transgender or nonbinary, believe them.
They tell us their truth in that moment. More often than not, it is the truth for all time. Sometimes, that changes.
What they want from us, their parents, is our trust in their truth. They want to know we love them no matter what They want to know that we believe them. It is so important to them to be believed. They trust us with this truth. It is our job to accept it and believe them.