When a loved one approaches you and tells you that they are gay, bisexual, questioning or a lesbian, a family members first reaction may be excitement, anxiety or anything in between. Some parents and relatives take the news of a child coming out of the closet as alarming, because they themselves have never felt those feelings.
A parent’s confusion can cause a child to feel isolated and alone with their feelings. Not all family members however respond to their children coming out as LGBTQ as a negative. Some parents feel proud of their child and their courage, or feel relieved their child was able to trust them with such a secret. No matter how a parent may feel, these are some beautiful ways to support the family members in your life that are LBGTQ.
- Let them know that they are not alone.
- Show appreciation for the strength and courage it takes to come out.
- Expand your knowledge of LGBTQ issues.
- Understand the importance of your support.
- Don’t try to change your family members sexual orientation or gender identity.
When an adolescent comes out, there are many mixed emotions that can follow. Speaking with a licensed therapist can make the transitions and mixed emotions simpler to understand. At Exult Healthcare we respect every person’s sexual identity, and we encourage all those in need to call 469-714-0006 and schedule an appointment today.
Caitlin Ryan, David Huebner, Rafael M. Diaz & Jorge Sanchez, Family Rejection as a Predictor of Negative Health Outcomes in White and Latino Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young Adults, 123 Pediatrics 346, 346 (2009).
Caitlin Ryan, Stephen T. Russell, David Huebner, Rafael Diaz & Jorge Sanchez, Family Acceptance in Adolescence and the Health of LGBT Young Adults, 23 J. Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 205, 210 (2010).
Written by Aly Bowles – Social Media Coordinator