Your child has just come out to you as LGBTQ. You live in a small town or in a rural setting. You want and need support but where do you go when there is no support locally?
When my son came out in 1989 there wasn’t the internet and social media. I didn’t know where to go and I lived just outside San Francisco, not exactly a small town! In fact, a very forward-thinking town and a gay mecca.
But I didn’t know where to turn. My son told me I couldn’t tell anyone by my husband. I wanted to talk to other parents with gay kids. Thankfully, I had a gay friend in San Francisco who hunted down PFLAG and told me where there was a meeting near to where I lived.
PFLAG is all over the U.S and even in some other countries. But even here in the U.S., people live in areas where there is no support. What then?
Just search the internet and you will find a ton of resources. Not the same as in person support but you are not alone. There are many groups on Facebook specifically for parents of LGBTQ kids. Most of them are secret so you won’t find them by searching but most have a public page that is searchable and your gateway into groups of loving, supportive parents there to provide you with the support you need.
I have a group for parents of LGBTQ kids and you can get to my public page by clicking the link. There are also groups for Mormon moms of LGBTQ kids and for Christian moms of LGBTQ kids. They are secret but if you interested, let me know and I can hook you up. There are also groups for dads and specifically for parents of transgender kids.
So, you do have support and it’s as close as your phone, tablet or computer. You are not alone.