Love is Love

Love is Love

I saw a photo of this shirt and just love it. Love in all it’s sparkle and shininess! The person who was wearing it was asked if it was a gay shirt and said yes because she loves someone who is gay. The person asking rolled their eyes. Really? Since when is love...

Forgiveness for myself and others

Forgiveness for myself and others

A very wise man said to me recently that I had to be careful not to become intolerant of those who are intolerant toward LGBTQ people and LGBTQ rights. When I become intolerant of them then I become like them. I’ve noticed since then that I’m less upset and angry at...

Where do you go when there is no support?

Where do you go when there is no support?

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...

You’re not alone

You’re not alone

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...

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...

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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