Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety & Depression

This week I’m blessed to have Caleb Woods as a guest in my private Facebook group for parents of LGBTQ kids. Caleb is a young gay man who wrote a book about his struggles with mental illness in the book, “Harnessing Darkness.” Many of our kids experience anxiety and...

Pronouns Matter

Pronouns Matter

For most of us, we never even think of pronouns. We are cisgender meaning that how we feel in our heart and mind is the same as the gender we were identifies as at birth. I was assigned female at birth and I feel and know myself to be female. I present as female. No...

When you hear negative comments

When you hear negative comments

There are many instances when you hear negative comments about the LGBTQ community. Sometimes it is a comment overheard from a stranger. Sometimes it is someone at work or a friend, again overheard. And sometimes those negative comments are directed at you, the parent...

When your church doesn’t accept your child

When your church doesn’t accept your child

You just found out you have an LGBTQ child or you’ve known for a while. What do you do when your church doesn’t accept your child or you fear they won’t? I won’t pretend I’ve experienced this. That would be difficult since I’m Jewish. But I have known many parents who...

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...

A checklist for parents of a LGBTQ teen

A checklist for parents of a LGBTQ teen

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