How do you deal with a gay teenager?
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 support my gay son?
Here’s what you can do to make sure they feel comfortable there, too.
- Advocate for a gay-straight alliance (GSA), which has been shown to make schools safer and boost academic performance among LGBTQ students.
- Maintain frequent contact with teachers.
- Push for more inclusive sex education.
How do I talk to my child about Lgbtq?
Dos when talking about gender and sexual orientation
- Do educate yourself.
- Do make the conversation supportive and positive.
- Do use examples of family or friends to emphasize compassion.
- Do model the behaviors you want to see in your kids.
- Don’t perpetuate stereotypes.
- Don’t use slurs or other negative terms.
How do I talk to my teen about Lgbtq?
Here are some of the basics when it comes to talking about gender identity with your transgender or gender nonconforming teen and your family.
- Do tell your transgender or gender nonconforming teen that you love them.
- Do use the gender pronouns and name your teen wants.
- Get to know trans-related terms and labels.