Believe them

Believe them

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...

LGBTQ Seniors

LGBTQ Seniors

During this month of Pride, I’ve been thinking about LGBTQ seniors and the challenges they face. In this culture, we don’t seem to value our seniors at all and LGBTQ seniors have unique problems they have to face. “Aging and health issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual...

Pride

Pride

I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s. There was no Pride as we know it today. The Stonewall riots were the impetus for the modern LGBTQ rights movement. In the beginning, it was all about gay liberation. Yes, there were organizations for lesbians too but the movements were...

To ask or not to ask

To ask or not to ask

To ask or not to ask, that is the question. When my son was in High School, my suspicions that he might be gay grew in intensity. Should I ask him? I remember contemplating that and deciding not to, I thought, because I didn’t want to put any ideas in his head. Seems...

Parenting an LGBTQ child

Parenting an LGBTQ child

What is our role in parenting an LGBTQ child? When do we sit back and let them figure it out and when do we intervene? I think a lot depends on the age of the child, obviously.  When I was growing up, there was no bullying – only teasing. I know. I was bullied...

Moms make a difference

Moms make a difference

I remember when marriage equality was first starting to happen. It was something I felt passionate about. I saw my younger son easily get married. They just got a license and got married. No issues. Why? Because they were a heterosexual couple. But my older son, who...

Feelings

Feelings

I attended a Women’s Retreat this past week. The retreat is organized and led by two amazing women from Productive Learning. The topic was our relationship to food but it really just used that as a vehicle to connect with whatever what going on and needed addressing....

Then and Now

Then and Now

Today is the anniversary of my dad's death. He died in 1995 and whenever this anniversary comes up, I think about how different things were for him, for me growing up - then and now. My mom had two brothers who were gay and we never talked about it. I know from...

Racism and homophobia

Racism and homophobia

We spent the last few days in Charleston, South Carolina. I didn’t know this, but it is where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. One of the places we visited was the Middleton Plantation. It’s a beautiful house with beautiful gardens. We toured the house and...

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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