Hello and welcome!
This page is for you, the most important person in your child's life (no matter their age).
Many parents have more questions than answers when they learn that their child identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or is questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity (LGBTQ+). It takes time to process what this means for you and your family.
You may be navigating some strong emotions and concerns, right now. This is normal and to be expected because you care about your child.
As parents, we love our children more than anything and, likewise, want the very best for them. So, I want you to know two things:
1) Your child can absolutely be happy, healthy, enjoy close fulfilling relationships, and have a successful satisfying career as someone who is LGBTQ+.
2) Any difficulty they may face from societal prejudice is greatly reduced by your showing unconditional love for your child.
There are things that you can do more so than anyone else in your child's life to help your child. Knowing that you're in their corner and can and will accept this part of who they are allows kids to envision a happy future for themselves and, just as importantly, prevents the negative health outcomes associated with rejection.
So, how do you make the most of this pivotal moment? You know your kid best. I've also included resources with specific parental behaviors that have been shown to help.
Many parents find it helpful to meet with other parents. There is an Athens Area PFLAG chapter, which hosts monthly meetings for parents, friends, families, and allies of local LGBTQ+ people (attendance is free and confidential).
If talking face to face with a calm objective professional is preferable, I'm here to help. Send me a message. Thank you for stopping by. And, let me know I can be of assistance.