Posts tagged parenting a gay child

Mother Of Young Gay Son Discusses Her Unexpected New Life In The Spotlight

Almost two years ago, a mother posted a blog on Tumblr about her then 6-year-old son telling her that he had a crush on Blaine, a gay character on the hit musical TV show “Glee.”

Within hours the blog went viral with thousands of people sharing the beautiful story of a mother’s love for her More >

Gay Foster Kids’ Discrimination Battle Heats Up In States

Sixto Cancel says his ultra-religious foster family frequently talked about their disdain for his homosexuality at the dinner table, trashed his room and called him homophobic slurs. While he was still a teenager, he says, they kicked him out of their Connecticut home after he had lived there for More >

Being Gay at a Catholic University

When I was a student at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2005, a group of gay students organized with the aim of convincing the Benedictine monks who ran the school to recognize a club that would serve the needs of the college’s gay community. They met in secret, but if you More >

Two Blessings on Father’s Day

This will be a very special Father’s Day. It will be my first Father’s Day since my husband and I adopted our baby boy Lucas. It will also be the first Father’s Day in many years that I will get to celebrate in person with my own father, who’s been living in Ecuador for many years.

For the past More >

LGBT Youth And Suicide Study

Each year, one out of every three gay, lesbian or bisexual students in the San Francisco Unified School District reportedly attempts suicide. For transgender students, that number jumps to nearly one in two.

These statistics were captured in a 2011 survey of nearly 5,000 SFUSD middle and high More >

LGBT Americans Feel Growing Acceptance

The vast majority of LGBT Americans feel that society has become more accepting of them in the last decade, yet many still feel stigmatized, according to a survey released Thursday from the non-partisan Pew Research Center.

In the survey, conducted online among 1,197 self-identified gay, lesbian, More >

To Christian Parents of Gay Children

You want to shove those words back in and put the lid on. But you can’t. Your child is gay. This goes against everything you’ve been taught. It was not what you had in mind, and you instantly wonder where you went wrong.

When you become a parent, you know to expect the unexpected. But for most More >

A Mother’s Heartbreaking Tale of Losing Her Gay Son

The Religious Right hates it when we point out that their teachings are directly related to the problems of bullying,depression, self-loathing and suicide. We don’t point this out to be mean, or as a smear. We point it out because it’s true, but we also understand that many run-of-the-mill More >

8 Year-Old Meets His “Boyfriend” Darren Criss

Back in December I asked my oldest son what he wanted for Christmas. He only had one request:

“I want to meet Blaine and sing and play the guitar with him.”

My son has had a huge crush on Blaine, a popular character on Glee played by Darren Criss, for two years now. Despite the passage of time, his More >

Helping a Child to Come Out

Parents aren’t blind, and the clues are often there. Some research suggests that sexual orientation can show itself even at 3 years old. In our family, by the time our youngest son came out at 13, my wife and I had long progressed from inkling to conviction. A toddler who wore a feather boa around More >

Report: LGBT Support And Acceptance Growing In U.S.

Reactions to Learning Your Child Is Gay or Lesbian

In 1985, a Los Angeles Times survey found that 64% of the public said they would be “very upset” if their child told them he or she was gay or lesbian. By 2004, that number had fallen by almost half (33%). Since then, it has declined another 14 More >

NYC Seeks More Gay And Lesbian Foster Parents

New York City’s child welfare agency wants more gay and lesbian foster parents.

The Administration for Children’s Services is launching a campaign to expand the kinds of families who consider fostering and also to find welcoming homes for children who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or More >

Why Bias Puts Young Gays’ Health At Risk

(CNN) — When I was 8, I joined the Boy Scouts. I lasted three weeks–couldn’t get the hang of all that knot tying, and no one was interested in singing show tunes around the campfire. I was gay and I knew it. At that time, revealing my sexual identity would have resulted in my exclusion from More >

Cross Dressing In Children

Cross dressing is when children want to wear the clothes that are usually worn by the other sex. What people of each sex wear is different in different parts of the world – for example in Scotland it has been quite usual for boys to wear kilts (skirts). It also changes over time.

Sixty years or More >

10 Things You Shouldn’t Say at a Gay Wedding

Now that New York has legalized gay marriage, you might start seeing more invitations to attend same-sex marriages. Here’s how to celebrate with the wedding couple and avoid putting your foot in your mouth.

Gay weddings look a lot like straight weddings — you’ve got your ceremony and ring exchange, More >

When You Think Your Son or Daughter is Gay

If you are concerned your child is gay, I’m glad you are here. It tells me you’re trying to accept and love your child. Many parents miss this opportunity and both the parents and children suffer. I’ve experienced homosexuality from many angles and feel the way it is handled is of utmost importance More >

Why Are So Many Gay Teens Depressed?

Too often, hostile environments at school and at home make gay and lesbian adolescents depressed. Here’s how teens in the LGBT scene can find the emotional support they need.

Life is stressful for any teenager — there’s homework, after-school activities, and that all-important social scene to More >

Advice For Parents And Friends

I’ve had a lot of letters over the years from the friends and family of gay loved ones, asking how they can best help and support them. Perhaps a parent who’s not sure how to deal with their child’s recent coming out, or perhaps someone who’s worried about a gay friend who’s having problems More >

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