Parents of LGBTQ+ Youth

Gender and Sexuality

Many parents may struggle with questions about their children’s gender expression and sexuality at some point in their development.

It’s important to not make assumptions about your child’s sexuality, gender expression or identity based on stereotypes or guesses. Talking to your child about their sexuality and gender expression is one option, but it’s important to be sensitive to their reaction. If you talk to your child, they may be relieved and happy to tell you, or they may become frustrated and angry about your assumptions.

The most important thing to remember is if your intuition is right, then your child needs your love, support and acceptance now more than ever.

Many parents struggle with feelings of loss, fear, and/or confusion when they find out their child has a different gender identity or sexuality than what they assumed. These feelings are normal, however, it’s important to find ways to work through these feelings away from your child and without including them in your healing and acceptance process. If you feel that you’d like to speak to a counsellor and are in need of support, please visit one of our Walk-in Clinics – we’re here to listen and you can come on your own or with your child or teenager.

Resources for Parents

For urgent support, please contact PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Toronto at 416-406-6378 or PFLAG Canada at 1-888-530-6777.

LGBTQ+ : It’s more than just the letters!

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans, Queer, Questioning and anyone who identifies along the sexual diversity and/or gender diversity spectrum regardless of what label they choose for themselves.

 

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