This past weekend's tragedy in Orlando has left the nation in mourning. People across the country are coping with the loss of innocent lives, and trying to make sense of an unthinkable act of terror targeted at the LGBT community. If you have children, it may be impossible to shield them from the news, and you may find yourself searching for answers to their questions about the shooter's motive and their own safety. One of the best things you can do is to promote acceptance of differences in your family. There are ways to teach your kids to be LGBT allies, and as a result, more tolerant human beings.
You may be unsure of your own feelings on LGBT issues, and you have a right to your beliefs. But as a parent, you owe it to your children to provide them with an unbiased view of the world, and allow them to make their own decisions.
According to Planned Parenthood, one out of four families has someone in it who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans, which means the subject will come up with your children whether you like it or not. A conversation with your children about whether someone is gay or straight should be less about sex and more about promoting kindness and love for their fellow human beings. Use this list to help guide your conversations, and you may even learn a little something yourself.