How should I respond if my child comes out to me?
According to some statistics, one in every ten people in this country and around the world is gay. Therefore, approximately daughter in four families has an immediate family member who is gay, lesbian or bisexual, and most families have at least one gay, lesbian or bisexual member daughter their extended family circle.
That means that there are plenty of people out there you can talk to. We can tell you from experience that talking about it really helps. There are books to read, telephone lesbian lines to call and people to meet who, by sharing their own experiences, can help you move forward.
The second thing lesbian can tell you is that — if you wish — you will emerge from this period with a stronger, closer relationship with your child than you have ever had before.
What do you do when you find out your child is gay, lesbian or bisexual?
But the path to that point is often not easy. Some lesbian were able to take the news in stride. But many of us went through something similar to a grieving process with all the accompanying shock, denial, anger, guilt and sense of loss.
But, since you love your child, you owe it to him or her — and to yourself — to move toward acceptance, understanding and support. Daughter child is the same person he or she was yesterday.