How can I help my gay teenage son?
Parents and families can:
- When your child discloses their identity to you, respond in an affirming, supportive way.
- Accept and love your child as they are.
- Stand up for your child when they are mistreated.
- Make it clear that slurs or jokes based on gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation are not tolerated.
How do I deal with my gay son?
What to Do (and Not Do) When Your Child Comes Out to You
- DON’T Ignore it.
- DON’T Say you “knew all along.”
- DON’T Tell them “this is just a phase.”
- DON’T Use religion to shame them.
- DO Tell them you believe and love them, and thank them for telling you.
- DO Ask about what kind of support they need.
How can I help my LGBT child?
But it doesn’t have to be.
- Talk and listen. Start with something simple like “I love you.” Then, let your child talk to you about how they are feeling. Provide a place for open and honest conversation.
- Offer support. You are the adult.
- Be proactive. Look into online resources, peer groups and community support.
How can I help someone who is gay?
Stonewall has more information on being an ally.
- A good support network helps all of us have higher self-esteem and better mental health.
- Don’t make assumptions.
- Listen to their experiences.
- Show them you care.
- Support them to seek help.
- Join a support group.
- Read about LGBTIQ+ issues.
- Learn more about their specific problem.