Very few kids were "out" in my high school, in fact I would've had a hard time coming up with one name of an openly gay classmate. Yet, today, just off the top of my head, I can think of at least five former classmates who have since come out and are leading amazing lives. Why didn't these teens come out earlier? Maybe they were still questioning, but more likely they were worried that they simply wouldn't have parental support. Thankfully things are changing for the better in our society and you can easily be educated on ways to support your LGBTQ child.
In light of the horrific mass shooting of 49 patrons of a gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12, it's more important than ever for our children to know that they are loved and supported no matter how they identify. Our children must learn at a young age that targeting others for being LGBTQ is wholly unacceptable. We are all humans and it doesn't matter who we love, as long as we love.
If you think your child may identify as LGBTQ, or has recently come out to you, here are some ways that you can be a supportive parent.