When a child first comes out, whether you expected it or not, a parent can feel so alone and not know who to turn to.
I felt that way at first myself. I wasn’t sure how people would react. I was afraid of feeling judged for how I felt. I was afraid of being blamed for his being gay.
I turned to PFLAG and found there were other parents just like me, who felt or had felt just like I was feeling. They gave me comfort and permission. I didn’t feel alone anymore.
That was in 1989. Things are so different today. PFLAG is still a great resource. It’s great to meet in person with other parents who have LGBTQ children. After all these years, I still attend PFLAG. In fact, I’m going to a meeting tonight!
In addition to in person support groups there are a multitude of groups online. There are many on Facebook. It’s easy to find one. Just search for “parents of LGBTQ kids” or a similar term. There you will find the same supportive, loving environment. It is a place to ask questions and share your true feelings without worrying about judgement or anyone shaming you.
You’re not alone. Truly, you’re not alone anymore.