The "coming out" process for any LGBT person, especially to one's family, is often a very traumatic experience. What is often overlooked is the trauma visited upon the family, especially on the unsuspecting and now overwhelmed parents.
Mom and dad are very often confronted with a whole new world that they previously knew little or nothing about. Although suspicions of same-sex orientation may have lurked in the background, they are often quickly dismissed; the possibility is too dire to entertain. At least that's what is often thought.
There are many voices of concern out there urging many different approaches. So, where does a parent begin? To whom or what can a parent turn for help? How can the proper information be separated from the harmful or just plain ignorant? These and other questions will be answered as we move from section to section I write from the perspective of a straight pastor of over 40 years who has been confronted with just about every situation a parent can experience, including counseling dozens of parents and hundreds of gay children. You may feel that no one else has gone through what you are experiencing right now, but you will soon discover there is much company for you with people who have gone on before.
This book is intended to introduce parents of gay children to the many findings from the professional psychologists, sociologists and theologians who have devoted their academic careers to understand your gay child. It will also be reassuring to adolescent LGBTs and older. It will also introduce you to many parents who have gone before you in their quest for understanding and want to share their wisdom with you. It’s a place to begin and a launching pad for further discovery. Should you wish to delve deeper into specific areas, you will be shown where to go.
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